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The Mayor's Summit on Homelessness

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Dr. Sam Tsemberis[4]

The Mayor’s Summit on Homelessness is set for July 18 from 8a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

The summit will feature Dr. Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D. Dr. Tsemberis is a clinical psychologist who developed the “Housing First” model, which is used by the City of Amarillo. Dr. Tsemberis serves as president of the Pathways Housing First Institute in Los Angeles and also serves as Executive Director of the VA-UCLA Center of Excellence for Training and Research at the Greater Los Angeles VA. Dr. Tsemberis is on the faculty Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. 

Dr. Tsemberis has received wide recognition for his work, including the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Award for Community Mental Health Programs, the Distinguished Contribution to Independent Practice Award from the American Psychological Association and the Meritorious Service Cross from the Government of Canada.

“Amarillo takes a proactive approach to the issue of homelessness,” said City of Amarillo Director of Community Development Juliana Kitten. “We look for permanent solutions to the problem of homelessness. This summit will help provide valuable information and a much-needed public discussion as Amarillo moves forward in its effort to end homelessness.”

Discussion will include the current state of the homeless population in Amarillo, including the chronically homeless, youth and veterans. Dr. Tsemberis will take questions from summit attendees.

The Mayor's Summit on Homelessness is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please reserve your tickets via our Eventbrite page. The summit will be live-streamed via City of Amarillo social media.


Housing First Reference Materials:

Why does Housing First work?

How a Solution for Chronic Homelessness Stretched from NYC to OKC
from OKC's Summit on Homelessness

These are the States Where Homelessness has Increased and Decreased the Most - CNN

Why Homelessness is Going Down in Houston but up in Dallas 

Study Led by NYU Silver School Professor Finds Street Homelessness is Exacerbated by Bureaucratic Obstacles