Lauren is the Homeless Coalition’s Executive Director and works to further community engagement and help our community reimagine what a place to call home can look like. Lauren works hard to get people to understand that homelessness is something that happens to people and not something that defines them. Her passion lies in programs addressing homelessness and poverty and she is certain that we can figure this out. Lauren is a proud social worker who bleeds purple, but may also have a touch of burnt orange in her as well. When she’s not working to end homelessness, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, traveling as much as possible, and cheering the Frogs on at every opportunity.
Director of CoC Planning
Ash is The Homeless Coalition’s Director of CoC Planning and is in charge of all management activities for our local Continuum of Care. Ash is responsible for fostering community-wide alignment and partnerships to ensure our community continues to perform well at the national and local level. They oversee our annual collaborative grant application to HUD, submissions to the Housing Inventory Chart, Point in Time Count, and Annual HMIS Performance Report. Ash holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Tarleton State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UTA. With over 10 years of experience working in non-profits in Tarrant County, Ash is passionate about ensuring the most vulnerable in our communities have access to holistic resources to ensure an improved quality of life. In their free time, Ash enjoys traveling, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and San Antonio Spurs, listening to true crime podcasts, and watching The Office on repeat.
Director of Training and Special Initiatives
Shannon is the Director of Training and Special Initiatives here at the Homeless Coalition, and makes sure all of our community trainings, general meetings, and Boot Camp are in order and go well while also facilitating special initiatives in our Continuum. She is passionate about nonprofit work because she finds joy in helping others. When she’s not ensuring that everyone in our continuum is trained up, she enjoys working out, hiking, camping, indoor rock climbing, and anything else that is adventurous and outside.
Associate Director of Housing & Landlord Engagement
Kimberly is the Homeless Coalition’s Associate Director of Housing and Landlord Engagement. Every day she is strategizing new or unique housing solutions for every single person that comes through our Continuum. She is continually engaging new properties on why it is important to house those most vulnerable, while also brainstorming with developers on what it looks like to create new housing through city and nonprofit partners. She is motivated because she believes that everyone deserves to have someone in their corner that is encouraging positive solutions to get them back on their feet. She believes in being there for case managers and their clients through every step and is always there to coach them through the sometimes trickier parts of the rental process. When she is not breaking down barriers to housing in our community, you can find her enjoying family time through sports, girl scouts and boy scouts, 4H shows, camping, or just searching for the best hole in the wall spots here in Texas!
Bambi is the Homeless Coalition’s HMIS Manager. She works closely with the Homeless Coalition’s Assessors, ensuring that processes at the entry points of homelessness are streamlined and work well and our community’s data gives valuable insights to providing services. When she’s not streamlining and working with data, Bambi loves to read, spend time with her family, and travel.
Coordinated Entry Manager
Nathan is our Coordinated Entry Manager at the Homeless Coalition and is responsible for helping quickly and accurately match people to housing that best meets their needs. He works extensively with our community partners and primarily focuses on streamlining the coordinated entry process and maximizing diversion and rapid exit programs. When he’s not working to improve system services, Nathan enjoys listening to podcasts, reading books and engaging in community actions related to the issues of social justice and poverty. He also loves playing baseball in an independent adult baseball league. An avid outdoorsman, Nathan enjoys backpacking, canoeing, hunting, rock climbing and romping through the woods with his two dogs.
Rachel Amerson is our Outreach Manager here at the Homeless Coalition. She works directly with the outreach teams in Tarrant and Parker County, coordinating the various efforts to get unsheltered folks connected with resources. She is passionate about breaking down barriers and increasing access to services. Before working at TCHC, Rachel spent four years on the JPS Street Medicine team as a Community Health Worker, helping patients navigate the healthcare system and community resources. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES ®), has a B.S. in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University, and will start an MPH program at UNT-HSC this summer. When she is not working to increase access to healthcare and housing for people in her community, she enjoys hiking, painting, and spending time at home with her husband and cats.
CoC Planning Manager
Stella is the Homeless Coalition’s CoC Planning Manager. You can catch her assisting with monitoring and program evaluations, working on and assisting with grant management, onboarding new agencies into the CoC, and facilitating the committees for our community priority populations and Advisory Council Committees. She got into nonprofit work because she enjoys being around people and organizations who aren’t scared to do something different to make change. Stella enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, music, shopping, binge watching Netflix, seeing the latest movies, trying new things, meeting new people and keeping up with the latest dance moves.
CoC Planning Coordinator
Adia is one of The Homeless Coalition’s CoC Planning Coordinators. She will be assisting with monitoring and program evaluations, working on and assisting with grant management, and onboarding new agencies into the CoC. Adia once had an amazing conversation with a person who was struggling with their home life, and his positive outlook changed her perspective on life forever. She feels so honored to be able to take that outlook and share it with others, especially at a place like The Homeless Coalition! She hopes the changes we make will continue to have a lasting impact on others. When she is not working to make sure every voice is heard, she is usually taking a dance class, reading a science fiction book, or trying out a new restaurant!
Program Support Specialist
Aesha is the The Homeless Coalition’s Program Support Specialist and provides valuable assistance to the Directors of the coalition. Alongside their professional responsibilities, Aesha is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, reflecting their profound interest in the well-being and holistic development of individuals. They are eager to leverage their education and experience to help others overcome challenges and find fulfillment in their lives. Aesha finds great fulfillment in nonprofit work, as it allows them to actively contribute to the betterment of their community. What truly inspires Aesha is the power of community and the inherent goodness in humanity. They believe in the strength of people coming together, supporting one another, and creating positive change. In their free time, Aesha enjoys playing with their tuxedo cat, dancing, and reading.
Landlord Engagement Coordinator
Amberly is one of The Homeless Coalition’s Landlord Engagement Coordinators. She works to cultivate relationships with new and existing landlord partners and engages with them about housing our most vulnerable neighbors. Amberly previously worked as a Peer Support and Housing Case Manager, and being a part of giving others a chance at success is her calling. She believes there is no greater purpose for her than breaking down systemic barriers for those who need it most. When she isn’t working, Amberly loves to hang out with family and friends, attend her kids’ sporting events, and travel (especially to the beach).
Critical Time Interventionist
Andrea is The Homeless Coalition’s Critical Time Interventionist. She provides intensive case management and training to other case managers. She also is responsible for providing coordinated case management and supportive services for currently or formerly homeless individuals with chronic medical conditions, mental health disorders, substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. Andrea has several years of case management experience from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital and is currently working on two Bachelor Degrees from Southern New Hampshire University in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health and Human Services. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crocheting, working on puzzles, and doing DIY projects around the house.
Communication and Development Coordinator
Audrey is the Homeless Coalition’s Communications and Development Coordinator and is responsible for sharing our goals, message, and successes with the community! You can find her working hard with community members and our partners to ensure they have the resources they need to better serve those experiencing homelessness in our community. Audrey is a proud TCU Horned Frog, and in her free time you can catch her reading a good book, baking, or hanging out with her friends at almost any TCU sporting event.
CoC Planning Coordinator
Casey is the Homeless Coalition’s CoC Planning Coordinator, and you can catch her assisting with monitoring and program evaluations, working on and assisting with grant management, and onboarding new agencies into the CoC. Her motivation comes from wanting to do something that makes a lasting impact, instead of just putting a Band-Aid on the issues surrounding homelessness. When she is not doing a little bit of everything to keep us moving forward here at the Homeless Coalition, you can find her shuttling at least one of her kids to events, sports, you name it. Through all of the busy, she still finds joy in travelling, camping, or going outdoors to just spend time with her family!
Joel is the scan card guy at the Homeless Coalition. He makes scan cards so clients can access services at the local shelters and assessments to make sure clients are on the housing list. When he’s not helping clients access services, he likes to go camping with friends and family. He works in the nonprofit field because many years ago his dad told him to be a giver not a taker. Joel feels he’s lived a privileged life, and it is his duty to give back to the community.
SOAR Benefits Coordinator
Justin is our SOAR Benefits Coordinator here at the Homeless Coalition. He works with our Continuum to engage and advocate for disability benefits on behalf of our clients. He is passionate about breaking down barriers and increasing access to services. Before working at TCHC, Justin spent over two years on the PNS Housing Solutions team as a Journey Home Guide. Prior to that, Justin worked in both New Mexico and Colorado as a SOAR Benefits Advocate for multiple years. He has his Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado Denver in Public Administration, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University. Outside of work, Justin enjoys camping, skiing, softball, video games, and going for hikes with his wife and dog.
Landlord Engagement EHV Coordinator
Kara is the Homeless Coalition’s Landlord Engagement EHV Coordinator. She works to cultivate relationships with new and existing landlord partners and engage with them about housing our most vulnerable neighbors, specifically utilizing Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs). She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Social Work. She has a background in social services and property management and is motivated to give everyone a place to call home! When she is not breaking down housing barriers, she enjoys gardening, traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with family.
Karmyn is the Homeless Coalition’s HMIS Coordinator. She assists in the evaluation, development, maintenance, implementation and modification of user needs and requests that come through ETO, Green River, CAS, and Talent LMS. She is motivated to serve those experiencing homelessness because of her awareness that we could all experience the same things they do, and that everyone needs someone in their corner. If she can assist and send love to anyone that doesn’t have it, that is what she will do. Karmyn is a graduate student at UNT, studying Health Services Administration with a concentration in Health Data Analytics. When she isn’t working hard every day to ensure we are constantly improving our user experiences, you can find her catching a nap, shopping, or finding her next great travel adventure!
CoC Grant Compliance Coordinator
Kris is our CoC Grant Compliance Coordinator at The Homeless Coalition. She assists with monitoring and evaluating programs and ensuring all programs are HUD compliant. Kris has many years of experience working in non-profit organizations and serving others in both her work and personal life has become a passion of hers. When she is not serving, she enjoys spending time with family, coloring in adult coloring books, loving on her two cats, and watching Hell’s Kitchen reruns.
Outreach Benefits Specialist
Laura is our Outreach Benefits Specialist here at The Homeless Coalition and is responsible for providing direct-client assistant for disability benefits. She has her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Texas at Arlington in Social Work with a Business Administration Minor, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work as well. She has a passion for serving vulnerable populations and those that are stigmatized by society. She wants to help them navigate and connect to resources that will allow them to make a difference in their lives. Outside of work, Laura enjoys doing outdoor activities, watching documentaries, trying new restaurants, and doing some photography.
CoC Planning Data Analyst
Sejal is the COC Planning Data Analyst at Tarrant County Homeless Coalition and is responsible for the data needs of the organization with a keen focus on data-driven decision-making. She proficiently uses tools like SQL, Power BI, Excel, Green River, and ETO to unlock the strategic power of data. In her role, Sejal is responsible for generating detailed reports, tailoring insights for top-tier leadership, and optimizing data processes. Sejal excels at translating intricate data into actionable intelligence, and her expertise in data visualization and reporting empowers stakeholders at all levels to make informed decisions. She also plays a crucial role in fostering collaborative partnerships across departments to ensure data solutions align seamlessly with business objectives, all while prioritizing data integrity and security. In her spare time, Sejal loves to swim, read, and work on diamond paintings.
Coordinated Entry Coordinator
Stephanie is a Coordinated Entry Coordinator here at the Homeless Coalition. She has been passionate about homeless services since she was 12 years old, always questioning why people didn’t have a home. She has been working in homeless services for over 13 years and cannot imagine herself doing anything else. Her experience comes from working with a variety of agencies like True Worth Place as an outreach journey home guide, LAHSA (Los Angeles Homeless Services) Outreach and Crisis Call Center staff, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) outreach case manager metro transit lines, Midnight Mission Supervisor for their case management team and HMIS data. She started her career outreaching in the LA Skid Row area and worked all the service plan areas in LA and Orange County. When she is not working hard to connect clients with what they need to succeed, she enjoys gaming with her children and spending time with her Granddogs and Grandcats.
Tia is a member of the Homeless Coalition’s HMIS team. As an HMIS Specialist, she ensures compliance is being met for system access for user accounts throughout the CoC, maintains help desk ticket requests, and assists with Direct Client Services Funds. She graduated from Alcorn State University with a Bachelors in Computer Science. Tia gained experience with homeless services and HUD data standards from working with a CoC in Mississippi in a similar role. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, crafts, and hands-on activities.
Learning and Improvement Specialist
Timothy is a member of The Homeless Coalition’s Training Team. As the Learning and Improvement Specialist, he spends his days designing, creating, and facilitating trainings for our staff and the rest of the Continuum of Care. Timothy feels his heart has always been led to nonprofit service and loves the quote: “people first, then money, then things.” In his free time, Timothy can be found hanging with his close friends and family, playing video games, wresting with his dog, and doing puzzles to clear his mind.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JPS Health Network
Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers
Dr. Kapreta Johnson
K. Johnson & Company
Guardianship Services, Inc.
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
JPS Health Network
Dr. Frank Lonergan
JPS Health Network
Dynamic Development Strategies
Dr. Nicholas Thompson