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
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
Written by Cynthia Brannon, Executive Director
Houston COMPASS, Inc. (COMPASS)
During a recent meeting about the current efforts to end homelessness in Houston, someone remarked, “People only see the problems. They don’t see the successes.” That made sense to me, because how could the average observer see anything but the problems? There isn’t an intersection in Houston that doesn’t scream at us that someone is homeless, hungry, or in need of a job. And I’ve yet to see a cardboard sign that reads, “I used to be homeless, but Miss Lori at COMPASS in partnership with The Way Home helped me move into a nice apartment up the street.”
If I didn’t have the inside information that comes from working in homeless services for over 17 years, I wonder how this daily visual assault of desperation and cardboard would affect me. I suppose I would be heartbroken, judgmental, and sick of it all at once. I’d give money to some, but not to others. Would I figure out that some of these folks are not actually homeless? I might wonder, Gosh, why don’t the social workers get to work?
And I get that. Because it’s absolutely true that most of our successes are invisible. Continue Reading