March/April 2013
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless

Coalition Board Chair Welcomes
Marilyn Brown as President & CEO 

I am delighted to introduce you to the inaugural issue of our new e-newsletter, Coalition Communique. We appreciate your readership - only through education and advocacy can we make a real difference in reducing and eliminating homelessness in our community. I hope you enjoy the articles you read here today, and I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Three Decades of Achievement celebratory lunch on Friday, April 5. Read more about the event in another article in this issue.


Marilyn Brown

I would also like to announce some very good news for our organization. Marilyn Brown, who has been serving in an Interim capacity for the past year, has accepted the permanent position as the President & CEO of the Coalition. Marilyn has worked in the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors throughout her career. Not a native Houstonian, Marilyn was transferred to Houston in the late 90s when she worked for BFI, Inc. She later worked as Director of Community Relations for Waste Management, Inc. Moving back into the nonprofit world, Marilyn worked at the Greater Houston Community Foundation and was the President & CEO of Leadership Houston. Her love of community led her to law school at the University of Houston Law Center, graduating in December 2010. She has a B.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Memphis.

Coalition for the Homeless Celebrates Three Decades of Achievement

Mayor Annise D. Parker will provide keynote address

and share her personal connection to homelessness

On April 5 at 11:45 a.m. the staff, Board of Directors both present and past, homeless service providers, supporters and friends of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County will gather at the Doubletree by Hilton Houston Downtown to celebrate Three Decades of Achievement. For more information and to register, click here.

Free Federal Grant Writing Workshop 

Is your organization looking to beef up its federal grant writing abilities? Consider participating in the April 9 & 10 training sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Houston Field Office.


Register online.

Homeless Services Coordinating Council

The Homeless Services Coordinating Council will conduct its monthly meeting April 3, 2013 from 8:30 to 10:00 am at the MHMRA Conference Center, 7033 Southwest Freeway between Bellaire and Hilcroft. Registration and networking breakfast is from 8 to 8:30am. The meeting will feature a spotlight on Goodwill's Community Rehabilitative Services Program and crucial updates on the CoC action plan. Attendance and membership is free to CoC housing and services providers. For more information contact the Director of Community Engagement, Gary Grier at

Bridging the Research and Practice Gap
As our Continuum of Care enhances its focus on performance improvement and implementation of evidence based practices, we know agencies are looking for support in implementing these practices. University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work provides a great opportunity to learn more through its Bridging the Research and Practice Gap symposium. More.
Public Comments on Housing Grant

Through its Texas Foundations Fund program, the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) partners with non-profit organizations and rural government entities across Texas to support housing services that meet the critical housing needs of very low-income Texans. TSAHC selects partners through an annual competitive application process and provides awards of up to $50,000 to support partners' housing service programs. Click here to see the draft of their application process.  

In This Issue
Welcome to the Newsletter
Three Decades of Achievement Celebration
Federal Grantwriting Workshop
Homeless Services Coordinating Council
Bridging the Research and Practice Gap
Housing Grant Public Comments

Upcoming Events
Homeless Services Coordinating Council
April 3, 2013
8:30 - 10:00am
MHMRA Conference Center
7033 Southwest Freeway
Houston, 77022 
Three Decades of Achievement
April 5, 2013
11:45am - 1:00pm
  Doubletree by Hilton Houston Downtown
400 Dallas, Houston 77002
Bridging the Research and Practice  Gap Symposium
April 5 & 6, 2013
University of Houston
HUD Grantwriting Workshop
April 9 & 10, 2013
Neighborhood Centers, Ripley House
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