The 2021 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness
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2021 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness is CANCELLED

October 4th - 6th, 2021

Houston, Texas

It is a heavy heart that Texas Homeless Network has decided to cancel the Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness which was to take place October 4-6th in Houston. We believe that an in-person event is inadvisable as data from Houston and across the state indicate severe and uncontrolled levels of COVID-19. We are making this decision to prioritize the health and safety of event attendees, sponsors, and speakers. Texas Homeless Network will be offering refunds to every agency and participant who registered and paid for the conference.

Each year for the past 25 years we have brought together service providers and stakeholders from across the state to learn, network, and build a stronger response to ending homelessness in Texas. While we will not host the 2021 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness, our vital work of providing training and education on homelessness and housing to service providers across our state continues.

We will move forward with a fall and winter 2021 webinar series to highlight many of the presentations registrants would be getting by attending our in-person event free of cost to the public. In addition, once it is safe to do so, Texas Homeless Network will continue in-person training and events.  

We look forward to the 2022 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness, where we will provide the safest, most educational, and most worthwhile opportunity for partners, community members, and other stakeholders to come together and learn from local and national experts.

Your hotel reservations will be canceled automatically if you booked in the THN block by Omni on Monday, September 20th. You will receive an email when your lodging is canceled. If you have any questions about your reservations, contact the Houston Omni Galleria directly at (713) 871-8181, as we are unable to assist with external bookings.
For any additional questions or concerns, please email samantha@thn.org. Give at least 2 business days for a response time.

For over 20 years Texas Homeless Network has organized and led this unique and powerful statewide conference on ending homelessness. With over 500 participants, this opportunity builds networks, educates providers, and leads conversations in our communities.

While the agenda is still being confirmed, you can check out the past sessions at the bottom of this page. Expect these topics to be covered in in the 2021 Annual Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness:

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Weather Disaster Response
  • Housing Affordability
  • Policy
  • Racial Equity
  • Community Collaboration
  • Mental Health/Healthcare
  • Low-barrier Shelter
  • Data
  • Criminal Justice
  • Veterans
  • Workforce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Youth

Conference Registration is Closed

Do you have questions about whether you qualify for the discounted member rate? Email samantha@thn.org before registering!
$450 – Regular Conference Rate*
$375 – THN Member Rate**

* Conference registration does not include hotel or travel costs.
** Service provider/supporter-level members and above are eligible for Member Rate. Unsure if your agency is a THN member or you have individual membership? Look for your name/your agency name on our current supporters’ page to confirm membership status. Learn more about membership here.

A group of conference participants working at a table during the 2019 annual conference.

Book Your Stay at the Host Hotel

Omni Houston Hotel

Four Riverway
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: 713-871-818

 

Become a Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor

For over 20 years Texas Homeless Network has organized and led this unique and powerful statewide conference on ending homelessness. By becoming a sponsor or exhibitor the conference you will reach 500  participants from around Texas including CEO’s, administrative leadership, housing professionals, city officials, case managers, social workers, and many other state leaders

Thank you to our current sponsors:
THN 2021 Sponsors (2)

Apply for a Conference Scholarship

Do you have lived experience of homelessness or housing instability? Are you a service provider but your agency is unable to pay for your attendance? If you are wanting to attend the conference and are unable to register for any number of reasons, THN opens limited slots of scholarships for waived conference registration. 

Learn more about scholarship opportunities and apply to attend the 2021 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness now.

Conference FAQ's

While we are still in the planning process, here is a quick 2021 Conference At A Glance that outlines each day.

We believe the in-person conference will give the best opportunity for networking, learning, and connecting that we all have been waiting for throughout the pandemic. Over the last 15 months, we learned that the collaborative, engaging, and energizing atmosphere of an in-person meeting is nearly impossible to replicate online. We are planning our in-person conference to take place in Houston as planned, with the expectation that vaccination rates increase while COVID-19 numbers decrease.

At this time, we are not planning on having a livestream or online option for the conference. It is our plan to broadcast our keynote pending final approval, which will be free to view as a live event.

Please plan your travel accordingly to arrive in time for the Opening Plenary at 1 pm on Monday, October 4th. A number of pre-conference events and business meetings take place the morning of the conference. You can view our schedule at a glance for more details.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

With many things changing in the world right now, we want to assure you that as we continue to plan for the annual Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness,  the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, and staff is our top priority.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as updates and recommendations from public health officials, federal, state, and local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).  

Since this situation remains fluid and the conference is not until October, we will be adapting and expanding our plans as needed from now until then. Our protocols will reflect the most current advice and best practices, so please check our website regularly for updates:

Health and Safety

      • Physical distancing measures in accordance with local & venue regulations
      • Increased hand sanitizer stations throughout
      • Attendees, exhibitors, vendors and staff will be required to follow face-covering protocol
      • Handshake free interactions

Clean Environments

      • Enhanced deep cleaning before, during, and after the event
      • Increased sanitation of high-traffic areas
      • Catering will employ the highest standard of food safety

The value of a face-to-face conference is immeasurable and we are taking every effort to make sure your experience at this year’s conference, while perhaps different from what we’ve come to expect, is safe, positive, and productive.

Please continue to check our event website for updates as we move closer to the annual Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness.  We thank you for your support and we can’t wait to see you soon.

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