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The 2023 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness

2023 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness

September 27-29, 2023

Austin, Texas

Last year’s Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness was one for the books. We brought together over 575 people committed to ending homelessness in our great state, and the resulting energy was incredible. Thank you to every participant, presenter, sponsor, exhibitor, staff member, and board member who made this year unforgettable. It wouldn’t have been the same without you.

Conference Registration

Do you have questions about whether you qualify for the discounted member rate?
Email conference@thn.org before registering to receive the discounted rate if you qualify.

* 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.

Please read these notes before registering:

    • If you are registering and need to pay by check, please email conference@thn.org for more information. 
    • We’re pleased to announce that CoC Program recipients may spend HUD CoC Program funds on attendance to the 2023 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness. This allowance is result of HUD guidance that states it is permissible for CoC Program recipients to spend CoC Program funds on attendance as long as the conference includes a speaker from HUD or a TA speaker assigned by HUD.
    • This year, HUD will present a start-up conference for HUD-funded recipients on September 26th, a day before the full program conference. Please be sure to plan accordingly for your hotel and transportation if you plan to attend. 
    • Need to confirm if you’re a member? View our current supporters page. If you are a member, email samantha@thn.org for the members-only discount. Want to join as a member? You can do so here.

Conference Host Hotel Information

The Austin Southpark Hotel has sold out of our current room block.
Please reserve a room at one of the nearby hotels now, you can find that information by clicking here.

Austin Southpark Hotel

4140 Governors Row
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: 512-448-2222

NOTE: This year, HUD will present a start-up conference for HUD-funded recipients on September 26th, a day before the full program conference. Please be sure to plan accordingly for your hotel and transportation if you plan to attend. 

Did you miss our room block at the host hotel? Don’t worry! While the host hotel is full over at the Austin Southpark Hotel, the hotel right across the street is offering limited hotel rooms at our room block discount.

Book your stay at the Hampton Inn Austin South / Airport Area.
All reservations must be made by Friday, September 16th.

4141 Governors Row
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: 512-442-4040

Become a Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor

For over 25 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

2023 Sponsors (2048 × 758 px) (1)

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.

Apply for a scholarship to attend the 2023 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness. Priority will be given to individuals experiencing homelessness or who have previously experienced homelessness.

DRAFT Conference Agenda

Conference FAQ's

This year’s conference will be packed full of great sessions ranging from harm reduction to domestic violence to veterans to varied best practices workshops. We can’t wait for participants to come together to learn, grow, and network together.

The 2023 conference agenda is still being drafted. See the current draft agenda here.

We believe the in-person conference will give us the best opportunity for networking, learning, and connecting that we all have been waiting for throughout the pandemic. Over the last 3 years, 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 Austin as planned, with the expectation that COVID-19 numbers continue to decrease.

At this time, we are not planning on having a livestream or online option for the conference.

Please note that the HUD Start-Up will take place on the morning of September 26th through the afternoon. If you plan to attend that, you will want to arrive either early morning on the 26th or the night of the 25th. If you do not plan to attend the Start-Up workshop, be sure to arrive in time for the opening plenary of the conference at 1 pm on September 27th.

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 September, 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 may be required to follow face-covering protocol based on CDC and local recommendations at the time of the conference
      • Respect distance and physical contact based on the comfort of other participants

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.

Last Conference Reference Materials:

Apply to be a speaker now!

THN is searching for presentations that are creative, interactive, and audience-engaged for our upcoming annual Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness. We are seeking 1.5-hour presentations that are innovative, inspiring, and informative for homeless service providers across our great state. Apply today for your chance to educate your peers and grow your network.

Topics we’re seeking:

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

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.
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