Author: Samantha Foss

Advocacy Alert: Qualified Allocation Plan

Don’t miss the 10/9 deadline: THN’s QAP Public Comment Author: Eric Samuels, President and CEO  The TDHCA board will be considering proposed changes to the Qualified Allocation Plan. This plan sets policy for tax credits that are awarded for building new affordable and supportive housing. These proposed changes are to the Supportive Housing Definition. These […]

VISTAs in Action

Spotlight Post: AmeriCorps in ActonSalvation Army Food Distribution Author: Brenda Larsosa I’m currently serving as an AmeriCorps Coalition and Coordinated Entry Coordinator for the City of Texarkana. When The Salvation Army of Texarkana, a fellow member of the Texarkana Homeless Coalition, recently expressed a need for assistance with their food box distribution program during the COVID-19 […]

Action Towards Equity and Protecting Equal Access

Action Towards Equity and Protecting Equal Access Author: Giovanna DiNapoli  Recently, the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a modification to the Equal Access Rule that would allow shelters to deny access to trans individuals based on their gender identity and sex assigned at birth. This harmful proposed change creates another level of discrimination that transgender […]

COVID-19 Response Prompts New Collaborations and Programs in San Antonio

COVID-19 Response Prompts New Collaborations and Programs in San Antonio Background SARAH is the Continuum of Care Lead Agency for San Antonio/Bexar County responsible for local coordination and strategies to prevent and end homelessness. Haven for Hope is a transformational campus focused on addressing root causes of homelessness with a person-centered and recovery-oriented approach. The […]

The Way Home’s Response to COVID-19

The Way Home’s Response to COVID-19 The Coalition for the Homeless is Lead Agency to The Way Home, the Houston-area Continuum of Care (CoC) and collaborative effort to prevent and end homelessness in Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery counties, Texas. Like for everyone else, our world changed seemingly overnight once the novel coronavirus arrived in […]

HUD Revokes Housing Anti-Discrimination

HUD Revokes Housing Anti-Discrimination Protections By: Nick Thompson The White House and HUD recently terminated the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule. The Rule, under the 1968 Fair Housing Act, mandated that localities receiving federal funds to assess housing discrimination and racial bias within their communities and plan for how to diminish these realities.  […]

Action Alert: Stop HUD’s Proposed Anti-Transgender Shelter Rule

Take Action: Help Stop HUD’s Proposed Anti-Transgender Rule Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) opened public comment on the proposed change that seeks to reverse the protections created by the 2016 Equal Access Rule. The proposed modification would allow discrimination against transgender people seeking access to shelter through HUD-funded services by […]

Without COVID-19 Relief Bills Passed, 28 Million Will Experience Homelessness

Without COVID-19 Relief Bills Passed, 28 Million Will Experience Homelessness By: Samantha Foss With rent being due, eviction freezes expiring, and COVID-19 on the rise in Texas, countless low-income renters are weeks away from homelessness. Communities across Texas lifted eviction freezes in places such as Harris County, which started eviction proceedings for over 2,000 households […]

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, […]

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 […]

Be Anti-Racist. Join the Work.

Be Anti-Racist. Join the Work. This moment in history is not one in which we will stay silent. After two centuries of slavery, another 89 years of legal segregation, and decades of systematic oppression and trauma, what we saw over the weekend was what MLK once said was “the language of the unheardâ€. Due to […]

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