THN Executive Director Resigns
The Texas Homeless Network Board of Directors accepted Ken Martin’s resignation, effective August 31, 2015. Ken has been the Executive Director of THN for 12 years and has made significant contributions to the organization during that time. “Ken is a true advocate for people experiencing homelessness,” said Lynne Sipiora, THN Board Chair and Executive Director of Samaritan Inn, McKinney. “He has worked diligently to provide training and technical assistance to service providers throughout the state.” The Board of Directors will be conducting a search for a new executive director to lead the agency in its next phase of development. “Texas Homeless Network will always be very near and dear to my heart, and I wish the Board, Staff and Membership great success in the future as we work to end homelessness for all Texans,” said Ken
After this transition, Ken plans to take some time to relax, rejuvenate and recharge before lending his skills to other endeavors.
2015 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness
Registration is now open for the 2015 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness, presented by Texas Homeless Network, Region 10 Education Service Center, and Texas Homeless Education Office. The Conference will be held October 13-16, in Corpus Christi. Please visit the event website for more information and to register.
We are still accepting applications to present.
2015 Homelessness Awareness Day in Summary
Last Thursday, THN hosted this year’s Homelessness Awareness Day at the Texas State Capitol building. Around 40 participating homeless service providers from all over the state of Texas converged on Austin to meet with their representative members of congress to advocate for the men, women, and children who experience homelessness in their communities. At the scheduled appointments, advocates discussed a wide variety of topics, ranging from source of income discrimination to Medicaid expansion.
THN is proud to announce that this year’s event was the most successful Homelessness Awareness Day to date. The participating homeless service providers’ impassioned commitment to supporting Texas’ most vulnerable populations was more than inspiring. Thanks to the important feedback collected after the event, THN predicts that the next Homelessness Awareness Day will provide even more impact.
Housing First: An End to Chronic Homelessness
Carpenter's Church in Lubbock produced a great video on Housing First as an end to chonic homelessness.
New Proposal Could Bring Major Changes to Texas' Border Colonias
On Friday, February 6th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced plans to expand funds available for affordable housing and infrastructural improvements in the United States’ colonias. A piece of President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2016, the motion allows states along the U.S.-Mexico border to allocate up to 15 percent of their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for projects focused on the colonias. Previously, these states were only authorized to direct 10 percent of CDBG funds toward colonia programs.
This is amazing news for Texas, and the residents of the state’s 2,000 colonias. In 2014, Texas appropriated $6.1 million for colonia improvements, with an additional $1.5 million for the local Colonia Self-Help Centers. By increasing the percentage of CDBG funding available for colonia improvements, more development projects can be designed and implemented in the Rio Grande Valley. This change would undoubtedly bring relief to a greater number of the area’s most vulnerable populations, who often deal with unsafe housing, improper sewage systems, and a lack of street lighting.
For more information regarding this landmark decision, click here.