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KSTX Town Halls are an ongoing series of forums designed to engage the community on a wide range of issues impacting San Antonio. Each town hall forum gathers a panel of thought leaders to share their expertise and spark a solution-based conversation about important local issues of the day.The KSTX Town Hall forums are free and open to the public. KSTX invites you to bring your questions and share your insights on the topic of discussion. KSTX also welcomes e-mail questions and comments to townhall@tpr.org.Each Town Hall is recorded for broadcast on The Newsmaker Hour, which airs Sunday evenings at 8 on KSTX 89.1 FM.

KSTX Town Hall: Homelessness

Panelists at the KSTX Town Hall: Homelessness
Texas Public Radio

According to a report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, every night between 700,000 and 2 million men, women and children are homeless throughout the United States.

In San Antonio, the number of homeless people every night is approximately 4,000 according to SAMMinistries.

Who are the homeless? How did they end up living on the street? And how can we help them overcome obstacles as they strive to improve their lives and be self-sustaining?

Texas Public Radio hosted the KSTX Town Hall on Homelessness, a solutions-based conversation with a panel of community and government leaders who work with the homeless. This discussion took place on Tuesday, December 21 at the San Antonio Central Library.

This discussion, moderated by Texas Public Radio's Terry Gildea, examined the causes of homelessness, informed citizens on the numerous organizations that serve the homeless community, and offered advice how how you can help these organizations transform the lives of the thousands of San Antonians living without a roof over their head.

Confirmed Panelists

  • Scott Ackerson—Vice-President of Transformational Services, Haven for Hope
  • Marta Pelaez—President & CEO, Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.
  • Taylor Boone—Associate Pastor, Corazon Ministries, Travis Park United Methodist Church
  • Melody Woosley—Assistant Director, City of San Antonio Community Initiatives Department, Homeless Services


This KSTX Town Hall on homelessness was made possible by Window World and Brickstone Masonry.