Homeless Mental Health Strategic Plan
The City of Killeen has partnered with the City of Temple to hire a consultant to help appropriately address homelessness in Bell County.
View strategic plan to reduce or eliminate homelessness in Bell County: Operation: Rise
It is a months-long process and part of the Homeless and Mental Strategic Plan. Dr. Robert Marbut, Jr. has gathered statistics on those experiencing homelessness in Bell County. He has also conducted focus groups and invited agencies from all over the county to participate, including faith-based groups, service industries, first responders and school districts.
Marbut conducted surveys to gather data on demographics, as well as completed site visits and tours with agencies and stakeholders, including free health clinics. Marbut observed successfully run facilities that support individuals experiencing homelessness, including The Bridge in Dallas, Haven for Hope in San Antonio, Community First Village in Austin and Centex ARC (Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center) in Temple.
Marbut presented his initial findings to City Council on Sept. 6, addressing the five, strategic keys to successfully manage and reduce homelessness (understanding the exact problems, addressing the root causes/triggers, making big changes, improving service delivery, and ‘engaging’ vs. ‘enabling’), key data observations (including duration, gender trends, pre and post-employment numbers, homeless veteran rates and home-grown metrics).
The consultant is studying five cohorts of homeless groups in Bell County, including those in encampments, males, women, families and individuals at risk of homelessness.
homeless and mental health strategic plan
To watch Dr. Marbut’s September 6, 2022 presentation to City Council check it out on our website here Version OptionsHomeless and Mental Health Strategic PlanHeadline:
To watch Dr. Marbut’s February 7, 202 presentation to City Council check it out on our website here:
Check out the September 2022, photos from the tour of the facilities that support individuals experiencing homelessness below:
Tours were held at The Bridge in Dallas, Haven for Hope in San Antonio, Community First Village in Austin and Centex ARC (Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Center) in Temple.
Link to the City of Killeen's Facebook post of the tour from September 23, 2022 or the Stakeholder Focus group meeting on August 11, 2022 .