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As the spring-term hiring frenzy kicks into gear,  we at THN are thrilled to announce our newly available AmeriCorps VISTA member positions.

First, THN is looking for qualified candidates interested in servings as a VISTA SOAR Coordinator.  Currently, THN is working to place VISTA members in the Texan cities of Lubbock, Laredo, Harlingen, Galveston, and Tyler.  Each of these placements will be responsible for working with their communities to effectively implement the SOAR (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access, and Recovery) model.  The VISTA members will be asked to coordinate local SOAR work group meetings and to hold trainings for case managers and stakeholders.  

Second, THN is also offering an Austin-based position with the Texas Interagency on the Homeless (TICH).  This position focuses on developing a program designed to assist men and women experiencing homelessness obtain employment and any necessary job training.  For this position, the VISTA member will be responsible for researching similar programs, collecting input from local stakeholders, and evaluating the initial implementation of the new program.         

For more information about either position, please visit the AmeriCorps website.

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.  

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

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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.