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The Mayor's Summit on Homelessness


A city that cares about the health and welfare of the members of its community does not accept its neighbors living on the streets.

This is why the city of Amarillo’s “Coming Home – Housing First” program is so vital and important.

The city began its “Coming Home” program this past August. The program is the first of its kind for the city – and funded by the city.

The program will be part of the focus of the Mayor’s Summit on Homelessness, scheduled for July 18 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. The public is invited, and tickets are free of charge.

The summit will feature Dr. Sam Tsemberis, who created the “Coming Home – Housing First” program.

The program is unique because it focuses on individuals who are chronically homeless.

For example, one of the 44 people in the “Coming Home” program now has a home after battling homelessness for years. This person pays 30 percent of his income from a disability check for rent, and is visited by social workers twice a week. This person also receives access to health care.

This person has been in a home and off the streets since January.

This is Amarillo’s goal – to provide help and a home for those living on the streets, and to end homelessness.

For more information on the summit and how to register for tickets, please visit us online at


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