Housing Summits

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth is collaborating with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to convene 11 housing summits across Texas (1 in each public health region). Our state behavioral health partner is Joyce Pohlman, Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Planning, in the Division of Medical and Social Services at HHSC.

The housing summits are funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Money Follows the Person Program. The overarching goal of the regional summits is to assist local communities in expanding the availability and accessibility of affordable housing, enhancing tenancy support services, and identifying innovative regional solutions to address existing gaps and barriers to housing for medically vulnerable populations, such as the seriously mentally ill, veterans, and aging and disabled populations, experiencing barriers to housing.

Each regional summit will include a keynote speaker and strategic planning sessions to identify solutions for barriers and issues related to housing and services for vulnerable populations. Participants will be encouraged to share effective strategies and ideas to increase access to affordable, integrated, and supportive housing. The regional summits will also provide an opportunity for the state to learn about regional challenges and support initiatives.

We are actively seeking representatives from the following sectors to collaborate with us to plan and convene the regional summits:

  • Aging and Disability Resource Centers
  • Child Protective Services and Foster Care Providers
  • Local Mental Health Authorities and Local Behavioral Health Authorities
  • Local Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Authorities
  • Safety Net Hospitals
  • Managed Care Organizations
  • Relocation Specialists
  • Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHCs)
  • Local Healthcare Districts
  • Homeless Continuums of Care
  • Homeless Service Providers
  • Veterans Administration
  • Non-Profit Housing Providers
  • Public Housing Authorities
  • Local and County Municipalities
  • Other organizations involved in the provision of tenancy support services

It would be wonderful to collaborate with your organization to plan and promote the Houston/Harris County Housing Summit to ensure we tailor the sessions to regional needs. Please let me know if you would be interested in collaborating with us, and/or have suggestions for breakfast/lunch sponsors.

Thank you for your support and consideration.

The Housing Summit Team

Jane Hamilton, PhD, MPH, LCSW-S

Project Director and Assistant Professor, McGovern Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Harini Krishnamurti, BA

Project Coordinator and Research Assistant McGovern Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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