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True Worth Place is a community center serving homeless people in Fort Worth, Texas, and it represents a new approach to supporting its distinct population. Embodying the organization’s mission to empower the disenfranchised and to restore their hope and dignity, the facility—which opened in 2017—offers homeless people day shelter, supportive services and resources, and access to collaborating partner agencies. HKS designed the facility to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of Fort Worth’s homeless population while facilitating their transition back into society.
A model for future facilities, True Worth Place includes a 12,000-square foot clinic with medical, dental, rehabilitation and behavioral-health services capable of serving up to 140 patients a day. A hygiene center allows guests to bathe and launder clothing, and a technology center is furnished with computers to help guests find employment opportunities. An education center teaches skills that guests will need once they find stable housing and employment.
The site features a community courtyard, outdoor dining, a roof terrace and a plaza. While not an overnight facility, guests can use True Worth Place’s resources to reserve a bed at nearby shelters. The center is furnished with numerous power outlets to allow guests to charge their phones and electronic devices. An industrial-grade kitchen provides 200 meals at breakfast and lunch, for a total of 400 daily meals.
40,000 square feet
12,000 square foot clinic