Community Forum: A Home is More Than Four Walls.

A home means access and connection to community, quality health care, and recovery – all of which help build health and well-being. Organizations across Travis County work to prevent homelessness as well as engage individuals experiencing homelessness, connecting them to housing so they can regain their health and independence. When people have a safe place to call home and access to support services in the community, they can thrive and meet their full potential.


Join Integral Care and our housing partners on Thursday, May 9th for a community forum exploring housing as a social determinant of health. Panelists will highlight effective approaches to addressing and preventing homelessness in our community. We are honored to have an Austinite who formerly experienced homelessness share his story on the panel. The Community Forum also includes a Community Partner Education Fair to highlight the work of local organizations that address and prevent homelessness in Austin. Organizations include: AIDS Services of AustinCaritas of Austin,  Downtown Austin Community CourtECHOFamily Eldercare, Foundation Communities, Front Steps, LifeworksMobile Loaves and Fishes, Salvation Army and Trinity Center Austin.


Ellen Richards, Integral Care’s Chief Strategy Officer will moderate the panel. Lunch will be provided. Panelists include:

Thursday, May 9, 2019

11:00am – 11:30am
Lunch and Community Partner Education Fair
Community Forum: A Home is More Than Four Walls
1:00pm – 1:30pm
Community Partner Education Fair

AFS Cinema Theater #2
6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin 78752

  • Darilynn Cardona-Beiler, MSSA, LCSW: Director of Adult Behavioral Health Systems, Integral Care
    For over 20 years, Darilynn Cardona-Beiler has been a proven leader across the spectrum of behavioral health services, most notably in housing and homeless services, integrated health and substance use treatment services. She has been with Integral Care since 2010 and is a fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • Julian Huerta: Deputy Executive Director, Foundation Communities
    Julian Huerta is the Deputy Executive Director of Foundation Communities Austin’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with supportive services. Julian develops and directs education, health and financial stability programs that serve more than 30,000 low-income families and homeless adults annually. He has been with Foundation Communities for 20 years.

  • Lisa Garcia: Vice President of Assisted Housing, Housing Authority of the City of Austin Department of Assisted Housing
    Lisa Garcia has 25 years of service as Vice President of Assisted Housing for the Housing Authority of the City of Austin Through her leadership, there has been a dramatic expansion of affordable housing opportunities to serve the homeless to include: establishing a homeless preference; serving over 500 homeless Veterans through the VASH program; securing 89 Mainstream Vouchers; and providing Project-based rental assistance at the Terrace at Oaks Springs.

  • Alan Graham: Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mobile Loaves & Fishes
    Alan Graham is the founder & CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes a non-profit serving the chronically homeless in Austin, Texas. He is also the visionary behind Community First! Village where friends coming off the streets can find their forever home and rebuild a sense of community and family.
  • John Henry: Austinite who Formerly Experienced Homelessness
    John Henry never thought he would be homeless. Today, he has a place to call home. For John Henry, home means recovery from homelessness, mental illness and substances use disorder.

Housing Forum