Congratulations to the Cohort #3 Graduates:

  • Latoria Neal, MPA, BSW – SafeHaven of Tarrant County
  • Danielle Johnson, MSW – Arlington Life Shelter
  • Ashley Griffith – SafeHaven of Tarrant County
  • Alessi Johnson – The Women’s Center
  • Briana Madden, BS – True Worth Place
  • Elizabeth Mederos – Recovery Resource Council
  • John Borchardt, MSW – Presbyterian Night Shelter
  • Julian Gonzalez – Salvation Army Family Life Center
  • Tiffini Smith, MS – Center for Transforming Lives

The Homeless Coalition is proud to announce that we are now accepting applications for Cohort #4!

The Leadership Academy for Homeless Services was created to provide professional development to new case managers and share best practices to promote excellence and consistency in the quality of care provided to our homeless neighbors. In this 10-week program, content will be delivered using a combination of live Zoom training and online computer-based courses. In addition to training courses, participants will meet weekly (via conference call) to touch base, network, and have meaningful conversations about training topics and experience in the field.

The goals of the program are:

  • Educating and enabling new case managers to better serve clients;
  • Increasing knowledge on researched-based interventions and best practices;
  • Increasing collaboration and problem-solving between partner agencies;
  • Expanding leadership opportunities for Academy graduates;
  • Improving community outcomes; and
  • Creating a unified case management approach in the community

Upon successful completion of the Leadership Academy, participants will receive CEU’s, Certificate of Completion, and graduate with the opportunity to participate in future alumni events.

Who should apply?
This curriculum was designed for new case managers looking to connect with others, increase knowledge and develop essential skills needed to work with the diverse homeless population we serve. All those looking to apply must have completed the Boot Camp training. If you are unsure that you have completed the prerequisite training, contact [email protected]

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline – June 14, 2021 By 5:00pm
  • Notification of Acceptance/Denial – June 16, 2021
  • Cohort #4 Orientation Class – Juen 18, 2021 from 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Cohort #4 Curriculum Begins – June 21, 2021

 Note: Participants should prepare to be available Friday afternoons between 1:00pm-2:00pm starting June 25, 2021 – September 3, 2021 for cohort meetings.  There are some trainings where the time commitment will be from 1:00pm – 4:00pm but participants will be notified of those dates in advance to make arrangements

If you are interested in being a part of the Leadership Academy class, please CLICK HERE to complete the application. If you would like any additional information, please contact Shannon Barnes at [email protected]  



Case Manager Boot Camp is an incredibly valuable training for anyone who wants to learn more about homeless services in our community. Attendees learn about what the Continuum of Care is, how it functions, important systems we work with, best practices in case management, a walking tour of the Lancaster area, and other  useful services available to those experiencing homelessness.

Interested in scheduling Boot Camp for your group? We offer this training for small groups (10-12) outside of the regularly scheduled times. Email Shannon Barnes ([email protected]) for more information.


General Meetings are open to the public and held the third Tuesday of each month; meetings cover various topics relevant to direct homeless services providers.

CLICK HERE for further information on General Meetings!



Presented by Laura Hopkins

If you were able to attend and have further questions, or if you were not able to attend and would like to review what was covered please review below. Attendees learned more about the implementation before the launch of our new Upward Program, an economic mobility model targeting better access to employment for those experiencing homelessness in our community. Case Managers were able to learn how to help raise income, help gain quality employment, and help access better opportunities for those most vulnerable in our city.

UPWARD Training presentation for case managers
UPWARD Training presentation for employers


Presented by Org Code

If you weren’t able to sit in on Org Code’s Diversion training, take a few minutes to review the info. Our community is looking at how we can incorporate diversion throughout someone’s experience of homelessness to connect them with resources and supports. Click below to review the training and to read more about progressive engagement.

How Diversion can Help your Community End Homelessness
Progressive Engagement and Coordinated Entry


Presented by Ken Kraybill of t3

Participants learned what it takes to successfully implement a best practice in their work with people experiencing
homelessness. Topics covered include:

  • Elements of the mindset and heart-set
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Critical Time Intervention
  • Motivational interviewing
  • The benefits of integrating peer support

Training Materials Here


Presented by Seanna Crosbie, LCSW

Participants in this interactive and engaging all-day workshop were provided withspecific intervention skills to assistthose who have experienced trauma. Attendees learned about the four areas of trauma work which include: recognition(of trauma and trauma systems), (self-) reflection, (self) regulation and redirection, along with the six core values oftrauma-informed work. After this training participant should have a better understanding of the connection betweenhomeless and trauma.

Training Materials Here


Presented by CSH

Recognized as a proven response to the problem of homelessness, the Housing First approach is a recovery-orientedapproach to ending homelessness that centers on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independentand permanent housing, followed by provision of additional supports and services as needed. This training will helpservice providers have a more thorough understanding of what Housing First is and how to effectively implement it withclients served in our community.

Training Materials Here


Presented by Sandra Lopez, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW

This training helps practitioners develop an understanding of culture, how it impacts service delivery, and identifyspecific strategies for promoting cultural competence with clients served, with a focus on those persons who are experiencing homelessness.

Training Materials Here


Presented by Health and Human Services Commission

This training introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. Anyone interested in learning more should contact TCHC to request materials


Presented by CUCS Institute

Critical Time Intervention is an evidence-based practice designed to prevent recurrent homelessness, recidivism, andother adverse outcomes during the period following placement into housing from shelters, hospitals and otherinstitutions. This training includes an overview of CTI and reviews the specific treatment areas and how to implementthem into your practice. Contact TCHC to request materials


Presented by CUCS Institute

This training helps practitioners develop an understanding of culture, how it impacts service delivery, and identifyspecific strategies for promoting cultural competence with clients served, with a focus on those persons who areexperiencing homelessness.

Offered online by National Alliance to End Homelessness

Click here to access the training in its entirety or view individual sections below.