THN Virtual Events

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Change Starts at Home: Creating a Local Homeless Coalition to Address Community Homelessness

Across Texas, the urge to act, organize, or advocate on behalf of and with people experiencing homelessness has grown, even in corners of the state where homelessness appears nonexistent. This webinar will discuss how to bring together folks looking to make a collective impact on community homelessness by forming a Local Homeless Coalition (LHC), or a group addressing homelessness in a designated geographic area, such as a city, county, or cluster of counties.

Homelessness and Domestic Violence: Laws, Regulations, and Resources to Support Survivors

With over 80% of families experiencing homelessness also being survivors of domestic violence, it is imperative that housing and homeless advocates have tools to support these vulnerable families. This workshop will equip participants to understand the state and federal laws, and regulations, that protect survivors of domestic violence in housing, including the role of Coordinated Entry in supporting housing access. As these laws and regulations confer certain responsibilities for providers of housing assistance and landlords, attendees will consider their roles as providers of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) covered housing assistance and be taken step by step through their responsibilities and the rights of survivors from the initial point of contact through termination of assistance or a lease. Presenters will also focus on the role of privacy and confidentiality and how to support collaborative relationships in support of survivor safety. As a bonus- since we’ll be in the midst of the 87th Texas Legislative Session- presenters will offer an overview of themes in the housing-related legislation filed thus far that impact survivors.

A Look at the 2021 TX Legislative Session: THN Priorities

This webinar covers navigating the 87th Texas Legislative Session through an eviction crisis, continued and exacerbated homelessness, and a continuing COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar, hosted on the same day that the 2021 legislature started at the Capitol, discusses where THN is focused this session and where you – our partners – can help sustain the homeless crisis response system and expand accessible, affordable housing opportunities.

Displacement, Again: Concurrent Fears of Eviction and Deportation Amidst the Pandemic

Watch the recording of THN’s hosting of a panel discussion on assisting immigrant families access rent relief through local programs during COVID, providing tenant advocacy and anti-eviction work, and exploring solutions for assisting unhoused immigrants in status/documentation-limbo in accessing housing. 

Homelessness During a Pandemic: Updates and a Look Forward for Service Providers

The COVID-19 outbreak has altered our society in many ways. For those experiencing homelessness and the agencies that work with them, these changes have been life-threatening, not to mention frustrating. The community has innovated quickly in many regards, but there are still many limitations on what can be done. This presentation will serve as both a premature retrospective on the course of the outbreak for the community experiencing homelessness, and a look forward to the winter and beyond. 

Coordinated Entry Racial Equity Analysis: Findings from a Multi-Community Study

Although designed to prioritize those with the greatest need, Coordinated Entry Systems may be perpetuating systemic racial inequities through the use of untested tools like the VI-SPADT. During this webinar, Regina Cannon and Nastacia’ Moore will discuss their research on racial bias in relation to this formerly untested tool and where we should go with it. 

Legislative Reforms to Protect Tenant Rights and Prevent Homelessness

With 1.7 million Texans facing eviction due to COVID-19, many are worried about the rights of tenants across our state. This panel with Texas Tenants’ Union, Texas Housers, and Inclusive Communities Project will review the current landscape of Texas laws for obtaining and maintaining housing. The webinar will review proposals to bring to the 2021 Texas Legislative Session, and discuss effective ways to engage policymakers.

Voting While Unhoused

Every eligible voter in Texas has the fundamental right to cast a ballot that is fairly and accurately counted. This includes Texans who are homeless or in a non-traditional living situation, or who have had interaction with the criminal (in)justice system. It is, unfortunately, a common misperception that such voters are not able to register to vote or cast a ballot. This panel will discuss things to know about the upcoming election, things to know about voting while unhoused, your voting rights while incarcerated, or after being incarcerated, and will end with a full briefing on current advocacy efforts to expand voting rights and actions you can take. 

Are you interested in presenting a topic for our webinar series?
Email samantha@thn.org today and let us know what you want to share.

Homelessness in Texas: Our Struggles, Our Successes, Our Future

2020 presented our country and state with unprecedented challenges, resilient successes, and shifts toward a better future. In response, THN hosted  “Homelessness in Texas: Our Struggles, Our Successes, Our Future” a livestream event on October 27th, 2020 featuring speakers from around the state and the country to examine the state of homelessness in Texas and the future ahead.

Watch the full livestream event on YouTube.

Interested in hearing from a specific speaker? Check out our YouTube playlist here.

Each month, THN will host a live webinar from partner agencies across the state. Don’t miss this free opportunity to learn about issues impacting people experiencing homelessness in Texas while networking with colleagues. Registration will be open each month for the next month’s webinar.

Thank you to all the amazing speakers who joined us

Beto O'Rourke smiling

Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Julie Oliver smiling in front of a yellow wall with green vines growing up it.

Julie Oliver

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Rep. William Hurd

Greg Casar smiling in front of a blurred background of lush green grass and trees.

Greg Casar

    • Tegan DeBrock – Vice President, HOME Center
    • Vineta Byrd – Housing Director, SAFE-T Crisis Center
    • Rosten Callarman – WTHN Coalition Coordinator, United Way of Abilene
    • Camille Castillo – Program Director, the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless
    • Melissa Escamilla – Program Director, Endeavors
    • Kathy Lacy – Prevention and Diversion Coordinator, South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless 
    • Daisy Lopez – BIPP Program Coordinator, Friendship of Women Inc.
    • Dr. Jocabed Marquez – Ph.D. Educator, Researcher, Data Analyst
    • Kyle Moore – Homeless Outreach Team, Killeen Police Department
    • Mayor Ginger Nelson – Mayor, City of Amarillo
    • Emily Northup – Homeless Outreach Coordinator, City of Corpus Christi
    • Andrea Omojola – Chief Operating Officer, Open Door of Lubbock
    • Sister Norma Pimentel – Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
    • Nan Roman – President & CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness
    • Robert Salas – Neighborhood & Family Services Department, City of San Angelo
    • Eric Samuels – President & CEO, Texas Homeless Network
    • Jo Schaffer – Board Member, Texas Homeless Network
    • Erika Thomas – Executive Director, Odessa Links
    • Mayor Anthony Williams – Mayor 
    • Dr. David Woody – President and CEO at The Bridge – Homeless Recovery Center
    • Diane Yentel – President & CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition
    • Kristin Zakoor – Assistant Director of Data, Texas Homeless Network

Congrats to Our THN 2020 Awardees

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