Keep Texas Housed
Keep Texas Housed (KTH) is a new campaign started by THN in 2014. The campaign focuses on increasing the capacity of Balance of State Continuum of Care (BOS COC) communities through projects like the Americorps VISTA Program. The goal of KTH is to assist BOS COC communities with linking resources that will lead to an increase in available housing.
Last year, as a part of year-long VISTA project, THN designed a new project designed to expand participation with the SOAR (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access, and Recovery) program in a select collection of Texan communities, including: Lubbock, Laredo, Harlingen, Galveston, and Tyler. In each of these target areas, deployed VISTA members will provide necessary administrative support to ensure that SOAR processing becomes ingrained in local homeless prevention planning. The VISTA members will primarily focus on coordinating SOAR case worker trainings and establishing regular SOAR workgroup meetings.
The goal of KTH is to keep low income Texas families and individuals in their homes and to increase housing opportunities for those populations experiencing homelessness.
This campaign is designed to stimulate grassroots-development in needy communities via intensive collaboration between THN representatives and other local agencies. Eschewing top-down thinking, KTH will back the endeavors of community partners with technical assistance and legislative advocacy in order to ensure that our most precariously housed Texans remain in safe, affordable residences.
The initial phase of KTH focused on the Lower Rio Grande Valley where some of this country's most vulnerable populations reside in substandard housing, often without connection to functional water and sewage services.
THN has now expanded KTH into a Texas-wide initiative that will address a wide array of urban and rural housing challenges.