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
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
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.”
Click here to read the full press release.
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
On Monday, May 2, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made its FY2015 Continuum of Care Program Competition Tier Two grant awards announcement. The Way Home Continuum of Care (CoC) will receive funding for all of its Tier Two new project requests made during the FY 2015 CoC competition. When combined with Tier One renewal and planning awards (which were announced in March 2016), our system will receive $32,098,014 in federal funding for 45 local homeless housing and service programs in Houston, Pasadena, Harris County, and Fort Bend County. This is an $8.4 million increase in funding from 2014, and every project that applied for funding in the 2015 competition was awarded. Continue Reading
The more than 60 partners of The Way Home have reduced chronic homelessness by 70% and overall homelessness by nearly 50% in Houston, Harris County, and Fort Bend County, and our community is still on track to end chronic homelessness by the end of this year. As a result, two of our partner organizations will be undergoing changes in the coming weeks as part of a larger Downtown Transition Plan:
- Palmer’s The Way Station will be closing permanently with a last day of service on August 28.
- The Beacon’s Day Center will temporarily suspend services for capital improvements with a last day of service on September 21, and a re-open in mid-October (date subject to change based on construction schedules).
- Only the Day Center will be closed during this time. All other programs at the Dunn Center (Beacon Law, COMPASS, Coordinated Access, etc.) will remain open during construction.