Homeless Network of Texas

Strategically Ending Homelessness

aka Texas Homeless Network   |   Austin, TX   |  www.thn.org

Mission

We lead Texas communities to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.

Ruling year info

1996

President/CEO

Mr. Eric Samuels

Main address

3000 South IH-35 Suite 100

Austin, TX 78704 USA

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EIN

74-2646586

NTEE code info

Community Coalitions (S21)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over 27,000 people in Texas are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Of that number, 39% of adults had some barrier to housing. Barriers include physical disability, serious mental illness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse disorder, and domestic violence. There is over 1300 youth with no parent or guardian present. The good news is there was a 12% decrease in the number of households with children, a 19% decrease in individuals who are chronically homeless since 2015, and Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and most recently, Abilene have effectively ended Veteran homelessness since 2015. We know what we are doing is working but there is still much work to be done. Texas Homeless Network leads communities to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care (TX BoS CoC)

Most CoCs are established to plan services in metropolitan areas. Balance of State CoCs covers the areas of a state that do not have the resources to establish their own CoC. For this reason, the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care (TX BoS CoC) is the largest of the 11 CoCs in Texas and covers 215 of Texas’ 254 counties.

The Texas Balance of State CoC (TX BoS CoC) is made up of all service providers, advocates, local government officials, and citizens who work to eliminate homelessness.

Population(s) Served

AmeriCorps members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. The most pressing challenges we face as a nation require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions. The AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources. THN’s statewide VISTA project works on a variety of projects helping areas build capacity to end homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

The Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness offers a diverse mix of workshops on best practices to address and end homelessness for homeless service providers, educators, community leaders, and advocates.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Texas Homeless Network has greatly expanded our advocacy reach over the history of the agency. Through coordinated efforts both as an individual organization and a collective of advocates around Texas, THN propels local, state, and federal homelessness advocacy.

Population(s) Served

The Texas Homeless Data Sharing Network is the largest statewide homelessness data integration effort in the United States and will improve the livelihoods of thousands of people experiencing homelessness throughout the state. Following Hurricane Harvey, Texas Homeless Network (THN) and our CoC partners throughout Texas began discussing the need for a homeless data-sharing network to assist in situations like the aftermath of a disaster. In October of 2019, these partners formed a governing body and began the formal planning of this integration effort.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Homeless people
Homeless people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

THN's main goal is for all communities to have a coordinated response system in place that effectively addresses homelessness to make it rare and nonrecurring. This includes working with all communities, but especially in the mid- and smaller-sized areas that need more support, on developing:

Promote community commitment to the goal of ending homelessness
Provide and/or facilitate funding to re-house people experiencing homelessness
Assist individuals experiencing homelessness to access and maintain mainstream benefits
Optimize self-sufficiency to prevent recurrence of homelessness

The Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care (TX BoS CoC) project is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, states, and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

THN serves as the “Collaborative Applicant" for the TX BoS CoC and leads the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care Grant process for the communities located within the 215 county coverage area. THN provides technical assistance and guidance to agencies and communities applying for funding to create new housing and service programs.

Statewide Training
THN hosts the annual Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness that brings together between 450 and 500 homeless service providers, educators, state, and federal employees. The conference highlights best practices to end homelessness.

State and Federal Advocacy
THN provides advocacy on behalf of all Texas Continuum of Care agencies at the state and federal level. Below are some of the issues we are working on.
Increasing the levels of funding for homeless service programs
Creating a statewide disaster recovery plan to include individuals and families experiencing homelessness

Capacity Building
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. The AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources.

THN manages the VISTA Statewide Project working to end homelessness. THN VISTA members work on a variety of projects around the state helping areas build capacity to end homelessness.

Assisting with Accessing SSI/SSDI Benefits
SOAR (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access, and Recovery) is a national project designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI benefits for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. THN serves as the statewide lead and helps communities with SOAR implementation.

THN was incorporated in 1991 as the agency tasked with carrying out the majority of the statutorily required duties of the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless, Throughout its history, THN has provided technical assistance and trainings across Texas on strategies to end homelessness. THN has a staff of 27 and the senior staff averages over 14 years of experience working on homelessness issues.

THN also utilizes AmeriCorps VISTA members to help build capacity in areas around the state.

Since 2017, veterans experiencing homelessness has seen a 10% reduction. households with children have decreased by 12%, and there has been a 10% decrease in people who are chronically homeless.

In 2018, THN secured $7.3 million in funding, the largest received to date, for 21 projects that are providing services and housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

After Hurricane Harvey, THN took the lead and became the clearinghouse for all of the planning and coordination regarding disaster recovery efforts for people experiencing homelessness. As part of this work, THN is working with the other Texas Continuum of Care areas on a housing plan.

THN hosts an annual conference on best practices to end homelessness. It is in its 28th year and attracts around 500 homeless service providers from all over the state. In order to end homelessness statewide, we must collaborate and this conference provides those tools.

THN is currently working on a statewide data sharing network that would quickly and efficiently move people out of homelessness. By making data available to all eleven homeless crisis response systems in Texas, a provider in one community could locate housing in another.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Homeless Network of Texas

Board of directors
as of 3/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Todd Shell

CORT Furniture


Board co-chair

Dr. Ben King

Taylor Cook

University of Texas

Natalie Hicks

Jet Linx

Paul Charles

NRCDC

Melissa Escamilla

Endeavors

Tamara Foster

New Hope Housing

Dr. Ben Jules

Houston ISD

Daniel Kuehn

Independent

Ben Nakhaima

Horne LLP

Nathan Pisik

Dell

Jo Schaeffer

The People Piece

Heather Slay

Mejias Lindsay PLLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/19/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data