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Welcome to the News Center for The Way Home! Here, you will find the latest news on ending homelessness in Houston, information from our Partners, and media contacts.


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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A new and improved online donation experience!

The Coalition for the Homeless is so thankful for the monthly donors who contribute to the Welcome Home Fund. Their ongoing support has allowed us to provide move-in essentials to thousands of clients that have moved into permanent housing through The Way Home.

The Coalition is currently transitioning its online donation software from Abila to Network For Good. This transition is a major upgrade for our organization that will save us money as well as provide us with more modern fundraising tools.

For our current donors, March 2018 will be the last month where your card will be automatically charged. Beginning April 1, 2018, you will need to initiate your new monthly gift using the new online donation form: Welcome Home Fund online donation form.

If you would like to update your donation with our new vendor before April 1, please feel free to do so by emailing Renee Cavazos at rcavazos@homelesshouston.org.

If you have any questions or concerns, email Renee at the email address above or Sara Brown at sbrown@homelesshouston.org.

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Checking In: Where Are We on Ending Chronic Homelessness?

A Recap:

In March, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced his continued support for The Way Home, the collaborative model to prevent and end homelessness in our area. The Mayor outlined steps the city would take to support The Way Home, including a push to house 500 chronically homeless individuals by September through increased outreach, Housing Navigation, landlord partnership, and more. Continue Reading

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More than a Dream: Willie’s Success Story

“Today is a blessed day,” Willie said as he climbed into the Star of Hope van. It was move-in day for him after six years of homelessness, most of them spent on the street. Willie had left his bag containing important paperwork at the shelter – it was evident the reality of what was happening hadn’t completely sunk in yet. Kenneth, a Star of Hope Outreach Case Manager, turned the van around to make one last trip back to the shelter for Willie’s belongings.

“You’re not coming back to the shelter,” said Kenneth. “Today is the day, Willie!”

“Today is a blessed day,” Willie repeated.

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You’re Invited: Come and See Our Successes

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

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