Texas H2 Action Planning Session
HUD's H2 Intitiative is designed to help communities integrate subsidized housing and health care services on a systems level for homeless people and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Texas is fortunate to have been selected as one of the few sites to receive an on-site TA session this year!
View the invitation and RSVP. The TA session is September 16 and 17 at the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development. The deadline to RSVP is August 31st.
We especially need representatives from the state's FQHCs, Managed Care Organizations and Medicaid to attend. Please spread the word!
Thank you to TheHumanSolution.com!
Do you shop at Amazon.com? That was a bit of a rhetorical question since I don't know anyone that doesn't shop there. Did you know that Amazon has a special feature called AmazonSmile? Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice - simple, automatic, and no extra cost. We see it as a win-win.
TheHumanSolution.com recently chose THN as their charity so now all eligible purchases made through AmazonSmile will benefit us!
Please consider using AmazonSmile to benefit your favorite charity (hopefully it's us). Pass on the information to friends and family and encourage them and their business to participate as well. Every percent adds up!
Good Morning: HMIS Important Notice
TX ClientTrack will be offline for 30 minutes this Monday, May 18th from 8:00 to 8:30 AM, while we perform a system sync. Please advise all staff to save their work and exit the system during those 30 minutes in order to avoid losing changes. Best regards,
THN HMIS Help Desk
New VISTA Positions
As the spring-term hiring frenzy kicks into gear, we at THN are thrilled to announce our newly available AmeriCorps VISTA member positions.
First, THN is looking for qualified candidates interested in servings as a VISTA SOAR Coordinator. Currently, THN is working to place VISTA members in the Texan cities of Lubbock, Laredo, Harlingen, Galveston, and Tyler. Each of these placements will be responsible for working with their communities to effectively implement the SOAR (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access, and Recovery) model. The VISTA members will be asked to coordinate local SOAR work group meetings and to hold trainings for case managers and stakeholders.
Second, THN is also offering an Austin-based position with the Texas Interagency on the Homeless (TICH). This position focuses on developing a program designed to assist men and women experiencing homelessness obtain employment and any necessary job training. For this position, the VISTA member will be responsible for researching similar programs, collecting input from local stakeholders, and evaluating the initial implementation of the new program.
For more information about either position, please visit the AmeriCorps website.
THN Executive Director Resigns
The Texas Homeless Network Board of Directors accepted Ken Martin’s resignation, effective August 31, 2015. Ken has been the Executive Director of THN for 12 years and has made significant contributions to the organization during that time. “Ken is a true advocate for people experiencing homelessness,” said Lynne Sipiora, THN Board Chair and Executive Director of Samaritan Inn, McKinney. “He has worked diligently to provide training and technical assistance to service providers throughout the state.” The Board of Directors will be conducting a search for a new executive director to lead the agency in its next phase of development. “Texas Homeless Network will always be very near and dear to my heart, and I wish the Board, Staff and Membership great success in the future as we work to end homelessness for all Texans,” said Ken
After this transition, Ken plans to take some time to relax, rejuvenate and recharge before lending his skills to other endeavors.