Making the LEAP to End Homelessness

June 13, 2018

Jeannie Werthman (Villa Serena Communities), Samantha Maggiani (CSH), Marilyn Brown (Coalition for the Homeless), Carolyn Watson (JPMorgan Chase), Tory Gunsolley (Houston Housing Authority), and Marc Eichenbaum (City of Houston). Photo courtesy of Morris Malakoff.

Citing increased rents and a sharp drop in vacancies after Hurricane Harvey, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has joined with the Houston Housing Authority, Coalition for the Homeless, CSH, and the City of Houston to launch the Landlord Engagement and Assistance Program (LEAP), a new initiative designed to boost the availability of affordable rental units by bringing Houston’s landlords together with prospective tenants who are experiencing homelessness. Continue Reading

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Making It Home

By Ginny Levenback, Unity Church

What if there was a way for you to donate your time, goods, or network to help be the key to someone’s new future? Whether it is through joining the Welcome Home Fund Committee, becoming a donor to the Welcome Home Fund via a monetary donation, or by organizing a give-back drive, there are a number of ways you can help!

One way that community partners like Unity Church choose to give is through the Welcome Home Fund. The Welcome Home Fund provides Welcome baskets full of home goods (utensils, towels, blankets, etc.), purchases furniture, and pays for things like application fees that other funding sources don’t cover for people moving into permanent housing through The Way Home. Continue Reading

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A Place He Could Call His Own

After being laid off from working at a gas station 25 years ago, Peter* found himself homeless with nothing but the clothes on his back. As a Nigerian immigrant who spoke broken English and faced complex physical and mental health challenges, he was convinced his situation was permanent.

Peter survived by sleeping near agencies that provided food such as Bread of Life and Star of Hope, in a part of downtown Houston largely populated by people experiencing homelessness. Peter was known to our local homeless response system since 2004, with hundreds of medical and social services provided by agencies including The Harris Center over the years. After spending almost 10 years with little to no interaction with local homeless organizations, he began to reengage. Peter was known to SEARCH Homeless Services outreach team members as someone who was always polite – but stubborn – reaffirming he didn’t need any additional services. Continue Reading

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