Safety Nets for Students and Families

Starting in fall 2018, Texas Network of Youth Services, Texas Homeless Network, and Texas Homeless Education Office began working in partnership with all regions of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey (outside of Harris County) to support schools and community-based organizations in meeting the needs of homeless youth and families displaced by the storm.

Free support includes:

  • Training and technical assistance for school personnel and community service providers
  • Grants to help community-based organizations increase their capacity to better meet the need

We are excited to be building and strengthening our relationships with school and community stakeholders in these areas.


Applications for grants and training are available!

Please click below to learn more and apply for grants and free training, support, and technical assistance:


Training and Consultation Available

Safety Nets for Students and Families is offering a series of training events in locations along the Gulf Coast during spring 2019. The goal is to continue to help build skills and strengthen collaboration among those working to support homeless students and families and to share overviews of principles important to this work, such as youth legal rights, crisis intervention, and trauma-informed care using Trust-Based Relational Intervention.

See the TNOYS Events page for in person events — or request a training or consultation for yourself, your team, or community at the blue Training and Technical Assistance button above.

  • Available now – November 2018 Webinar Recording: Working with Schools to Support Homeless Students – Click here to access the recording online anytime
  • Available now – December 2018 Webinar Recording: Understanding the Legal Rights of Youth (with a focus on homeless youth) – Click here to access the recording online anytime
Grants Awarded to Schools and Community Organizations

As of January 2019, TNOYS has awarded 7 capacity-building and emergency supply grants totaling $167,500.

We are excited to announce the following grantees:

  • Communities in Schools of Southeast Texas – $50,000 to serve Jefferson County by providing direct, intensive case management to homeless students with complex needs in Beaumont, Port Arthur, Nederland and Ehrhart ISDs.
  • BCFS Health and Human Services – $50,000 to serve Refugio, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, Aransas, and Bee Counties with a mobile case manager, emergency supplies, outreach, and counseling services for homeless youth and families.
  • Connections Individual and Family Services -$50,000 to serve Refugio, San Patricio, Aransas, and Bee Counties with outreach, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, and supplies for unaccompanied homeless youth as well as homeless families.

As well as the following schools/districts receiving mini grants to support students identified as homeless:

  • Hitchcock ISD (Galveston County)- $5,000 to provide clothing and shoes,
  • Brush Country Special Education Co-op (multiple counties)- $5,000 to provide assistance with administrative fees, small home and vehicle repairs and mental health services,
  • Victoria ISD (Victoria County) – $5,000 to provide food, transportation, utilities, healthcare and housing,
  • Santa Fe ISD (Galveston County) – $2,500 to provide food, clothing, transportation, utilities, furniture, healthcare and assistance with administrative fees.


This project is generously funded by a grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund. Learn more about our progress, successes, and plans on our blog.

Safety Nets for Student Families is a joint project of: