Houston's Homeless Court Featured in the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness' report
Gary Grier, CFTH Director of Community Engagement, participated in the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness' summit on alternatives to criminalization for people who are homeless. Houston's homeless court program is cited as an example of "Problem Solving Courts."
The Coalition hosted its annual Faith Breakfast on April 18, welcoming over 130 attendees who represented a wide range of the faith community.
The Reverend Justin Lindstrom, Vicar at Saint Aidan's Episcopal Church, served as the keynote speaker. He touched hearts as he shared his personal story of growing up hungry. This experience helped Rev. Lindstrom realize that many children go to bed hungry and guided him in the creation of a collaborative effort to provide food to hungry children in Cypress. "Cy Hope" is a successful partnership of the faith, business, and non-profit communities that now provide many services to Cypress area children and families. In addition to this keynote address, Faith Breakfast attendees received preliminary results from the 2012 Homeless Count and participated in small-group exercises to capture specific services offered to homeless individuals and families as well as suggestions for sharing information in the future.
The Coalition thanks Brookfield Office Properties for its support of the annual Faith Breakfast and the Baxter Trust for funding designated for the further development of an integrated Faith Initiative.
If you are interested in being part of the Faith Initiative, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Voice Mail Update
In calendar year 2011, Community Voice Mail (CVM) helped 3,763 people through 113 agency partners in Harris and Fort Bend counties.
CVM clients typically enroll for multiple reasons and stay on CVM for an average of 8.8 months.
Consumer Advisory Council
If you know of someone who is currently or formerly homeless who would like to serve on the Council, please contact Gary Grier at email@example.com
Texas Homeless Conference on Ending Homelessness
The annual conference hosted by the Texas Homeless Network will be held in Houston this year! Mark your calender for September 26 - 28, and keep an eye out for how you can participate.