Author: Samantha Foss

Local Homeless Coalitions in Action

Local Homeless Coalitions in Action: How Lamar County Homeless Coalition campaign for people experiencing homelessness Guest author Shelly Braziel, Executive Director of Lamar County Human Resources and Chair of the Lamar County Homeless Coalition (LCHC), outlines how the coalition responded to growing community support for an individual leading a rogue online campaign to criminalize panhandling in Paris, Read More »

THN’s Response to HUD’s Proposed Change to Equal Access

THN’s Response to HUD’s Proposed Change to Equal Access On July 1st, 2020 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a press release announcing the essential reversal of the 2016 Equal Access Rule. The proposed modification would allow discrimination against transgender people seeking access to shelter through HUD-funded services by returning decision-making Read More »

Texas Homeless Network’s Letter to the Governor in response to COVID-19

Texas Homeless Network’s Letter to the Governor In Response to COVID-19 March 20, 2020 To: Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen We applaud the Texas Supreme Court’s recent decisive actions to protect Texans by halting some evictions as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We share your desire to protect those Read More »

Reflections on 2020 Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults: A National Conference

This year THN, as the CoC Lead Agency, provided a scholarship to support 10 local leaders from across the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care to attend the 2020 Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults: A National Conference presented by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  Katherine Hennecke, a community leader in Lubbock, offers her reflections Read More »

Texas CoC Leads Letter to the Governor

Our collective response to the State of Texas/Governor’s interventions regarding homelessness in Austin: Overview Bullet Points: The state of Texas and the Governor’s office recently created a sanctioned encampment on state land in Austin, TX for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. The given explanation for the State’s intervention was to protect Texans, but for this to Read More »

The Criminalization of Homelessness across the Texas Balance of State

By: Jen Beardsley The Texas Balance of State encompasses a huge swath of an already enormous state – 215 counties, or roughly 60 percent of Texas’ population. Though this region and its area and population are diverse, all communities share the burden of affordable housing shortages and operating homelessness resources on shoestring budgets. They’re also Read More »

Advocacy as the foundation and future of ending homelessness

Advocacy means the opportunity to cultivate conversations in intentional and meaningful ways. Through advocacy, we can engage in policymaking, promote community equity work, and critically analyze the ways in which we can create a better and more just country. As THN’s Statewide Initiatives Coordinator, I have a direct role with THN Advocates in ensuring that Read More »

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