Angela and her two young children were living in a vehicle in a local Wal-Mart parking lot; not only was Angela wary of her and her children’s safety at local shelters, but she was working and faced conflicts with the shelter hours, her job, and childcare. Denise and her three-year old son had the odds stacked against them: Denise was a sexual assault survivor, had a dual diagnosis of Depression and Bipolar Disorder, and was having trouble finding emergency shelter. Continue Reading
City of Houston Media Alert, Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner
March 2, 2017
Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a more holistic approach to reducing homelessness on March 2 and invited the community to help implement it. The Mayor’s plan involves expedited efforts to permanently house the homeless, more shelter beds, new public health and safety regulations and an anti-panhandling awareness campaign.
“Houston has achieved significant reductions in homelessness in recent years, but I am committed to doing even more,” said Mayor Turner. “It is simply not acceptable for people to live on the streets; it is not good for them, and it is not good for the city. We will tackle this complicated issue, and we will do it humanely with a meaningful approach that balances the needs ofr the homeless and the concerns of neighborhoods they impact. We will need everyone’s patience and help to make it work.”
Click here to read the full press release.
Co-Authored by Loretta Randolph, The Beacon
Bill had worked for most of his life and worked hard; he didn’t know any other way. However, everything changed when he was injured on the job, working in a warehouse unloading large deliveries. After more than a year of tests, screenings, scans, and more, doctors told Bill he would never be able to work again; he had fractured a disc in his lower back. Continue Reading
November 26, 2016
After receiving overwhelmingly positive results in the 2016 Homeless Count earlier this year, the Coalition for the Homeless has announced its services expansion into Montgomery County and Conroe as well as enhanced services in Fort Bend County as a part of its leadership to The Way Home. Click here to read the full press release.
October 20, 2016
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner today announced a $1 million grant from JPMorgan Chase to support Houston’s ambitious efforts to end chronic homelessness through The Way Home, the collaborative model to prevent and end homelessness in Houston, Pasadena, Conroe; and Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery Counties. The award makes JPMorgan Chase the first corporate donor to support The Way Home’s development of Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless Houstonians.
The Way Home has now raised $7 million toward its $15 million goal to finish creating 2,500 units of housing for chronically homeless individuals. Chronically homeless individuals are those who have been homeless for a year or more and have a disabling condition.
“JPMorgan Chase’s support is more than just a grant, and it’s more than just about getting the homeless off our streets. It’s an investment in solving homelessness and changing the lives of homeless Houstonians,” said Mayor Turner. “The Houston region is on track to end chronic homelessness, but we need the community’s support to cross the finish line.”
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We have all heard the stereotypes about homeless individuals, so we want to take some time to set the record straight: homeless people do not want nor choose to be homeless; homeless people are not all criminals and addicts; and it is not too expensive to help the homeless population – in fact, it costs more in taxpayer and public funding to not help them!
One of the more prevalent, and perhaps most damaging stereotypes, is that homeless individuals are “lazy” and not interested in gaining employment. The Way Home is proving that stereotype wrong with its Income Now initiative. Continue Reading
Authors: Jonathan Danforth and Michael Garcia, Houston Area Community Services
*Client’s name changed to protect privacy.
JN* is a wheelchair-bound, 55 year-old, African American man. He struggled in the midst of poverty and homelessness for most of his life and had found it difficult to find food and a safe and secure place to sleep for the past several years. His physical disability made traveling difficult and he was frequently an easy target for thieves and predators. Continue Reading
*Name changed to protect client privacy.
Despite the challenges life has thrown at her, Sally* has finally found her way home. Her path to stability, though filled with obstacles, reminds us of the resilience inherent in everyday people.
Sometimes the only thing a person needs is a helping hand and a friendly ear. Continue Reading
The Coalition for the Homeless (as lead agency to The Way Home) conducted the annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count & Survey from January 25-28 of this year. This year’s results show The Way Home continuing a five-year trend in reducing homelessness, marking a one-year reduction of 21% since 2015 and a 57% cumulative reduction since 2011. The annual Count is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for The Way Home’s federal funding. The Way Home encompasses Houston, Harris County, Pasadena, and Fort Bend County. Continue Reading