About Notley HomeFront
HomeFront is a 501(c)(3) focused on accelerating programs which address issues around Austin’s affordability crisis, including homelessness, food insecurity, and unequal access to economic opportunities. HomeFront engages stakeholders to find innovative solutions to Austin’s most critical and unmet needs. Based on sustainability and potential for impact, we provide funding and professional services to accelerate existing programs or pilot and launch new ones.
Areas of Focus
Currently, ~3,000 people experience homelessness in Austin, mostly unsheltered, and the population is growing.
1 in 4 families in the Austin area were food insecure before Covid-19 and Austin food banks report a greater than 300% increase in need since March 2020.
ACCESS TO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
Business equity is the second largest source of wealth, after home equity for American households. Austin has had one of the strongest economies in the US for the past decade, yet data reveals that not all Central Texans have the same access to economic mobility.
The leaders of six organizations, including Notley HomeFront, formed a Leadership Coalition to achieve visible and measurable reduction in unsheltered homelessless by aligning existing efforts and resources and mobilizing new resources. After convening a group of over 100 stakeholders in Austin, a shared vision was created to house 3,000 unsheltered persons by April 2023 at a $515.1 million budget. Notley HomeFront led the Summit Governance and Forward-Looking Plan to analyze the most viable public-private partnerships and transform the Summit’s vision into a concrete plan. The Summit Leadership Coalition hit 78% of the $515 million fundraising goal and is still actively fundraising to close the gap.
TRANSFORMING VISION INTO A CONCRETE PLAN
Governance Structure: HomeFront prepared an analysis of the most viable options for a public-private partnership to address unsheltered homelessness in Austin.
Forward Looking Plan: HomeFront developed a roadmap for a forward looking strategic plan to transform the Summit’s vision into a plan that includes:
Concrete Steps that are comprehensive and include elements that are common across plans that have successfully addressed similar issues nationally
Processes (e.g., pilot/test/learn approach)
Benchmarks (KPIs linked to clear initiatives and goals)
Division of responsibilities
HomeFront <> Valkyrie
To address homelessness prevention and diversion in a data-driven fashion, Notley HomeFront partnered with Valkyrie, an applied science company, through its philanthropic initiative, Valkyrie Virtue. Valkyrie’s team of scientists created, on a pro bono basis, a transparent, science-based model to identify the civic factors associated with becoming unhoused and to identify where emergency housing and other community services are most critically needed.
Thought Leadership Partners
Direct Service Programs
GET SHIFT DONE FOR AUSTIN
Using donated funds, Get Shift Done Austin provided workers left jobless or underemployed by the coronavirus pandemic wages of $17 per hour to work shifts at food pantries including the Central Texas Food Bank and Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
FUNDED AN AVERAGE OF
704 hours per week for
37 workers at an average of
$17 per hour since inception
Community Pods was an initiative formed in the wake of COVID-19 working with AISD K-5 public schools to provide additional resources to support the mental health and well-being of low-income families by ensuring all students had access to a safe and healthy place to learn, the necessary technology, and food, during the months while instruction was only provided remotely by AISD.
100+ families provided with
education through Community
Pods throughout COVID-19
HomeFront funds its work through charitable donations, grants, and via HomeFront Fund, an investment opportunity for accredited investors.
HomeFront Fund accepts debt capital with below-market interest rates from accredited investors and invests that capital in diversified strategic investments with an overall target return well above the rates on the notes. The investment returns in excess of the debt service are used to fund HomeFront’s community impact work.
In the News
Lawton co-founded and oversees HomeFront, and she is a Partner at Notley .Lawton co-founded and oversees HomeFront. Prior to joining Notley, Lawton was the CEO of Austin100, practiced and taught commercial law, and co-founded and served on the boards of nonprofits that advocate for civil rights. Lawton co-founded the American Constitution Society at Georgetown Law, which now has active lawyers chapters in over 200 cities, student chapters at almost every law school, and an annual advocacy budget of over $6 million dollars. Lawton is also an angel investor and is proud to perhaps have the singular is proud to perhaps have the singular distinction of having served simultaneously on an ACLU board of directors and as a legal analyst for the Fox News Network.
Barbara has over 20 years of public, private and non-profit accounting experience. She began her career in the San Jose, CA office of Ernst & Young where she obtained her Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor certifications, concentrating on public and private companies in the high technology field having worked on numerous IPOs and other M&A work. Barbara joined Buildasign.com as the Controller/Director of Accounting in 2012 and recently transitioned to Chief Financial Officer of Notley where she leads a team in an extremely fast-paced, dynamic environment
Dan co-founded BuildASign.com in 2005 and transitioned from CEO to Executive Chairman in early 2017. Dan co-founded Notley in 2015 with his wife, Lisa. He is a recipient of various awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Central Texas Award, Austin Business Journal’s 2012 Best CEO Award, and Austin Under 40 Austinite of the Year. Dan was named a winner in the Business and Entrepreneurship category in 2012. As a native Austinite, Dan personally gives back to the Austin community through participation on the Board of Directors for numerous philanthropic organizations including Austin Community Foundation, Austin Monitor, and the Long Center, among others.
Dr. Peniel Joseph
Peniel is a Professor and the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Founding Director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD). In addition to being a frequent commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights, Dr. Joseph is a prolific author of award-winning books including his most recent book, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. His book ‘Stokely: A Life’ has been called the definitive biography of Stokely Carmichael, the man who popularized the phrase “black power.”
Tyson is the Chief Executive Officer at Silicon Labs, a leading provider of silicon, software and solutions. Tyson is also active on the Boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, the Austin Area Research Organization and the Texas Black Caucus Foundation
Chief Executive Officer,
Campbell Global Services
President, MFI Foundation
CEO, Downtown Austin Alliance
David Porter, III
Executive Director, A Glimmer of Hope Foundation
Consultant & Strategic Advisor, Cushman & Wakefield