Community Advancement Network

2019 State of the Safety Net Forums

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the CAN Dashboard Report

The CAN Dashboard provides an overview of the socio-economic well-being of Austin and Travis County. The Dashboard reports on community conditions relating to 17 indicators in four different goal areas 1. Our Basic Needs are Met 2. We are Safe, Just and Engaged 3. We are Healthy 4. We Achieve Our Full Potential. In 2019, CAN is commemorating the 10th edition of the CAN Dashboard by hosting a series forums to assess the “State of the Safety Net” using dashboard data to asses community well-being, highlight positive outcomes and identify areas requiring further attention, analysis and action. These forums provide an opportunity for CAN staff, partners, Dashboard Steering Committee members and community members to discuss successes and challenges that our community has experienced over the last 10 years and how these relate to the challenges of today. Please register below if you would like to attend the forums that are already scheduled. Space is limited, so register early!

Safety Net Forum #3: Safety, Justice & Engagement Indicators

September 18th, 2019

Including Perspectives on Criminal Justice Indicators by:

Mary Mergler – Texas Appleseed

Roger Jeffries – Travis County Justice Planning

Perspectives on Civic Engagement by:

Dr. Patrick Bixler, U.T. RGK Center for Philanthropy & Community Service

Click Here to Register 

Safety Net Forum #4: Achieving Our Full Potential Indicators

October 16, 2019 

Join Us to Discuss Education and Economic Indicators Such as Kindergarten Readiness, High School Graduation Rates, Postsecondary Success Rates, etc.

Click Here to Register

If you have questions about the forums or want to help with the planning of these forums, please contact CAN’s Program Coordinator: JelinaTunstill. 

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Saturday, September 28 at 9:00 a.m.
The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

NAMIWalks is an inspiring fun, family- and dog-friendly event and there is no cost to register.


5K Walk ♦ Austin Samba ♦ tiny animal petting zoo ♦ walk t-shirt contest ♦ Walk Day Festival ♦ games for kids ♦ treats for dogs

Together we are changing the way our community addresses mental health.

There are multiple ways you can make a difference with NAMIWalks: as a sponsor, committee member, team captain, team member, individual walker, or volunteer!  However you participate in NAMIWalks, you will be joining NAMI’s movement to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for our mission to help individuals and families right here in Central Texas.

Interfaith Action of Central Texas

On behalf of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT), we cordially invite you to our fall fundraiser A Night Under One Sky on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at UMLAUF Scuplture Garden and Museum at 6:30pm.  Join us for a night of music, dinner and dialogue in celebration of the relationships we have, and those we hope to build.  Let us come together to appreciate our unity.


Together at the Table


Together at the Table
Hunger & Poverty Summit
at Baylor University

Hosted by The Texas Hunger Initiative

October 2-4, 2019

Foundation for the Homeless






Save the Date!

SOCA Luncheon – November 1, 2019

Foundation for the Homeless is thrilled to announce

Ann Howard the first Executive Director at

ECHO – Ending Community Homelessness Coalition

will be the Keynote Speaker at our annual

Spirit of Compassion Awards Luncheon

Friday November 1, 2019 at Hotel Ella!


Ann Howard was a co-founder of ECHO, and has been credited with

building effective collaborations to address homelessness, and more

specifically helping to end homelessness among veterans in Austin.

Ann Howard is praised for her advocacy and effective leadership of ECHO,

and known for her ability to listen to others on an issue that can cause

sharp public division.


We hope that you can join us for this amazing event!

Save the Date Austin JFON Gala


Austin JFON Gala 2019 – Save the Date


November 2

Save the Date -Texas Freedom Network