Upcoming Events

 Homeless Management Information System User Forum
Featuring HMIS Support Committee Kick-Off
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Boulevard
2:00 - 4:00pm
July 24
 Houston Housing Authority Neighborhood Resrouce Center
815 Crosby Street
July 26*
Please note, the original newsletter mistakenly said July 27.
Call In: 1(805)309-0027
Access Code: 202-970-613
July 31


Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Boulevard
9:00am - 5:00pm
August 20, 21, 23, 28




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Houston's Recovery Oriented Systems of Care "First Call" Initiative Featured on SAMHSA Website
"Our goal with First Call is to develop a training that will enable lay community members to be competent and willing to approach a person who has a substance use problem and to offer encouragement and hope... We want to recognize the power of the community to heal and sustain people. We are working towards a world where one community member encourages another and invites the other to seek help without shame. The strategy is intended to create positive outcomes related to earlier attraction to-and engagement with-the prospect of substance abuse recovery."
To learn more about the First Call initiative, contact Sandy Olson, cbhshouston@yahoo.com
To learn more about the Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) workgroup, contact Nancy Hayes, nhayes@council-houston.org


Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County
600 Jefferson, Suite 2050
Houston, Texas 77002
Continuum of Care Steering Committee Work Meeting
Houston's public and private funders, service providers, consumers of homeless services, advocates, and other community stakeholders finalized plans for Houston/Harris County/Fort Bend County's new CoC Steering Committee on June 22.  This 17 member body is tasked with policy and funding decisions for our community's strategy to prevent and end homelessness.
Two service provider representatives were elected by their peers in June to serve on the CoC Steering Committee.
Crisis Services Representative
Becky Landes, Northwest Assistance Ministries, Vice President of Program Services
Permanent Housing Representative
Thao Costis, SEARCH Homeless Services, President and CEO 
 Continuum of Care Charrette


The Houston-area Continuum of Care is gearing up for a charrette planning process the week of August 20 that will result in a multi-year action plan.  This plan will drive funding and service strategies to help people quickly exit homelessness and receive the ongoing supports and housing they need.
Thanks to community and consumer input of over 170 people during four meetings in June the Charrette Steering Committee has confirmed the Issue Areas for the Charrette and the proposed schedule.You and your agency's participation in the Charrette is crucial to creating a community action plan that addresses these issues. Please mark your calendar for the appropriate dates and times most important to you.
HUD Releases Continuum of Care Program Interim Rule


Just in time for the National Conference on Ending Homelessness and in preparation for the 2012 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability, HUD has reached another step in implementing the HEARTH Act.  The Continuum of Care Program Interim Rule makes significent changes to the way our community will plan and implement its strategies for preventing and ending homelessness.

Be sure to read the interim rule, watch the HUD webinars, and be on the look-out for our community's meetings to prepare for this year's grant process.