FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Homeless Advocates to Meet at the Capitol for Homelessness Awareness Day
March 29, 2019 (Austin, TX) – On Thursday, April 4, 2019, Texas Homeless Network is hosting Homelessness Awareness Day (HAD) at the State Capitol. The event brings together homeless advocates from around the state to meet with and inform their Senators and Representatives about legislation affecting the over 25,000 Texans experiencing homelessness.
Over 175 HAD participants will meet in the Capitol Auditorium at 9:30 a.m. before dividing into teams to visit their members of Congress.
Texas Homeless Network’s policy priorities include:
- Strengthen Homeless Crisis Response Systems
- Development of a statewide data sharing network
- Increase funding for the Homeless Housing and Services Program
- Expand Affordable, Accessible Housing Opportunities
- Pilot program to renovate affordable housing units to habitable standards
- Dedicate funding for the Housing Trust Fund
- Target assistance to the most vulnerable Texans
- Allow Healthy Community Collaborative grantees to leverage funding from public sources to expand access to needed supports
- Divert and expand current funding to diversion from criminal justice and other social needs
Funding for all of these programs is critical to helping individuals, families, and youth experiencing homelessness.
Contact: Jennifer Paulsen
About Texas Homeless Network
Texas Homeless Network (THN), based in Austin, is a 501 (c) 3 organization that leads Texas communities to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. Our vision is for all communities in Texas to have a coordinated response system in place to end homelessness. For additional information, visit: www.thn.org or call 512-482-8270.