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NLIHC Releases Out of Reach Report 2021

2021 Out of Reach Report from NLIHC National Low Income Housing Coalition just released the annual Out of Reach Report detailing housing unaffordability across the entire United States.  Another year goes by that Texas’ low-income tenants and homeowners are left behind again. Overall, Texas’ housing affordability continues to trend in the wrong direction while the state’s […]

The First Pride Was a Riot

The First Pride Was a Riot By: Jacq Taylor As we wrap up celebrating a more traditional Pride season full of parties and parades after a year of staying at home, I want to highlight how last year’s Pride season returned to its roots with the Uprising for Black Lives. Folx were in the streets […]

Juneteenth Celebration – The Texas Call to Freedom

THN recognizes the long-term and continued impacts of slavery. For example, in homeless services, we know that the African American population makes up more than 40% of those experiencing homelessness, but represents 13 percent of the general population. To increase the education of service providers, THN invited guest blogger Ebony Jackson to create a condensed […]

What happened in the 87th Texas Legislative Session?

What happened in the 87th Texas legislative session? By: Nick Thompson, THN Statewide Initiatives Manager As the session began in January, we were hopeful that given the immense housing needs of Texans both prior to the pandemic and during COVID-19 that our legislators at the Texas State Capitol would meet the moment. Then a month […]

Understanding the Diversity within Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities and Responding to Housing Insecurity and Homelessness

Understanding the Diversity within Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities and Responding to Housing Insecurity and Homelessness By: Linda Xiong “Our ultimate objective in learning about anything is to try to create and develop a more just society than we have seen.” Yuri Kochiyama, Passion for Justice documentary Yuri Kochiyama was an American Civil Rights […]

Coordinated Entry as Collective Impact Work

Coordinated Entry as Collective Impact Work By: Linda Xiong In a previous post, I discussed how coordinated entry is an example of systems change in the context of ending homelessness. But where does someone start? What does it take to “do” systems change? For complex social problems like homelessness, collective impact can be a great […]

AmeriCorps VISTAs Serve Here

AmeriCorps VISTAs Serve Here By: Jacq Taylor  Texas Homeless Network is proud of our continued partnership with AmeriCorps!   We currently have five AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members in service across the state working to build capacity and assist our communities in ending homelessness. Since it is AmeriCorps Week, we are excited […]

Welcome Secretary Marcia Fudge!

Welcome Secretary Marcia Fudge! By: Nick Thompson Texas Homeless Network would like to extend our warmest welcome to incoming Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge.  It is our hope that under Secretary Fudge we can work together to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring and expand affordable, accessible housing options in Texas and […]

THN Expands Federal Advocacy Through New OSAH Grant

THN Expands Federal Advocacy Through New OSAH Grant Texas Homeless Network is honored to receive a $50,000 grant from the Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign to fund THN’s federal advocacy work. Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) is a national campaign focused on advancing federal affordable housing solutions for the lowest income people, amplifying racial equity, […]

Unsheltered PIT Count Cancelled, But Our Work Continues

Unsheltered PIT Count Cancelled, But Our Work Continues By: Kyra Henderson Every year the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandates communities to conduct the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, which aims to provide a snapshot of those experiencing homelessness over the course of one night. Not only is this a data-gathering initiative, but in many […]

Eviction Protections Extended for Two More Months

Eviction Protections Extended for Two More Months By: Nick Thompson The new incoming Center for Disease Control (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH under the Biden-Harris administration extended the current moratorium for evictions until “at least” March 31, 2021. President Biden is calling on Congress to pass a longer eviction moratorium tied with substantial rental […]

We Need Action Now: What We Want to See During the 87th Texas Legislative Session

We Need Action Now: What We Want to See During the 87th Texas Legislative Session By: Nick Thomspon With more than 27,000 people experiencing homelessness, millions of people at risk (or currently) facing eviction proceedings, and the pandemic raging on the Texas Legislature must take significant steps to address the housing needs of Texas communities.  […]

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