The mission of the Texas Homeless Network (THN) is to provide solutions to end homelessness in Texas communities through education, resources and advocacy.
What We Do
THN accomplishes this mission by providing support through information, education, training, funding, and technical assistance to agencies and individuals that provide services to the homeless. We know that by working together, we will end homelessness.
A Brief History
Texas Homeless Network (THN) was incorporated in 1991 at which time the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation contributed funds to support an organization that could help the Texas Interagency Council for Services to the Homeless (now Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless) carry out its legislatively mandated activities that the council was unable to perform. Texas Homeless Network is the only statewide organization in Texas dedicated to addressing homelessness. THN currently provides technical assistance and training across the state and is the collaborative applicant for the Balance of State Continuum of Care that covers 215 counties.
Homelessness in Texas
At the end of January each year, rural and urban areas of Texas conduct a Point-in-Time Count to capture the number of Texans considered homeless at that specific point in time. In 2015:
- 23,678 Texans considered homeless were physically counted
- 7,486 were unsheltered
- 16,192 were living in an emergency shelter
Since it is impossible to count every person who stays in more remote areas, lives doubled-up with friends or other places not meant for habitation, Texas Homeless Network estimates that there are actually closer to between 50,000 - 60,000 Texans experiencing homelessness on any given day.