We work together with the All Neighbors Coalition to end homelessness in Dallas and Collin Counties.​

Housing Forward: Solving Homelessness Together

Housing Forward, formerly Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA), was founded in 2002 to serve as a collective voice for homelessness in Dallas and Collin Counties, Housing Forward has the expertise, partnerships, and resources to lead a system-wide, data-driven strategy to solve homelessness in our community.


We are committed to a single purpose

Ending Homelessness in Our Community.

As a community we have the resources and abilities to solve homelessness and get our most vulnerable neighbors into homes of their own.

Our Mission

Housing Forward leads in the development and implementation of an effective homeless response system to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in Dallas and Collin Counties

We know how to solve homelessness.

Housing Forward works together in collaboration with the All Neighbors Coalition to lead system-wide strategies for ending homelessness in our community. 

The All Neighbors Coalition is made up of more than 140 partner organizations across Dallas and Collin Counties that provide critical resources and support directly to individuals, Veterans, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.

336 Participating Properties

 Together, we can solve homelessness and create a community where every person has a safe and stable place to call home.


Sarah Kahn
President and CEO
Mackeshia Brown
Chief Financial Officer
Rae Clay
Chief Program Officer
Luis Acuña-Pilgrim
Director of Housing Initiatives
Amber Austin
Senior Manager of CAS
Erica Barnett
Marketing and Communications Manager
Stephanie Campbell
Performance Management Specialist
La’Johna Carter
CAS PHA Coordinator
Hattie Crayton
Accounts Payable Coordinator
Stephanie Demar
CAS Coordinator
Philip Force
HMIS Administrator
Sydney Ford
Grants and Contracts Manager
Jordan Gilbert
Performance Management Specialist
Ladeadria Gonzalez
Operations Coordinator
David S. Gruber
Senior Director of Development and Communications
Lisa Heise
HMIS Administrator
Trudy Hernandez
Director of Performance Management
Rebecca Hickom
Director of CAS
Hendrika Jacobs
Finance Accountant
Marsha Jackson
Manager of Landlord Engagement
Allie Martinez
CAS Coordinator
Freda Nelms
Director of Data Management and Reporting
Tamara Patrick
Flex Fund/Diversion Specialist
Ayanna Robertson
Program Coordinator, Housing Initiatives
Derek Ruhl
HMIS Administrator
Ashley Schwartz
Housing Initiatives Coordinator
Hannah Sims
Crisis System Manager
Megan Starnes
Training Manager
Felicia Thornton
Executive Assistant
Haley Walton
Outreach Coordinator
Sandra Toussaint
Housing Locator
Kela Welch
Housing Locator
Leah Williams
Senior Manager of Housing Initiatives
Tyress L. Williams
Housing Locator


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