May 2013
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless


Preliminary Point in Time Numbers Show Drop in Homelessness

Marilyn L. Brown, Coalition President & CEO, concluded the Three Decades of Achievement luncheon program with news the room filled with longtime advocates eagerly cheered. The release of the preliminary results of the 2013 Point-in-Time Homeless Count indicate a 27% drop in homelessness as many formerly homeless individuals have been transitioned to permanent supportive housing during the time period of January 2011 to January 2013.


Brown also shared that the program to house 100 homeless veterans and/or chronically homeless individuals in 100 days, is now in its fourth phase having housed 487 veterans and chronically homeless individuals to date. In keeping with the recognitions shared during the luncheon,

she then announced a special Collaborative Award for agencies and individuals who collaborated on the Housing Houston's Heroes program and presented the award to team leader Mark Thiele of the Houston Housing Authority, who spearheaded the 100 in 100 campaign in Houston.

Coalition for the Homeless LuncheonCoalition for the Homeless Celebrates Three Decades of Achievement

Attendees were discreetly dabbing at their eyes with tissues as Mayor Annise D. Parker shared a not often told story on Friday, April 5, at the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County Three Decades of Achievement celebration about how she and her life partner Kathy Hubbard rescued a young man from living on the streets. The sold-out crowd of 350 at the Doubletree by Hilton Houston Downtown was silent as Mayor Parker emphasized how her personal insight would inform her actions to protect and house our community's most vulnerable citizens. Mayor Parker received the Friends of the Homeless - Peg Dudar Individual Advocate award that recognizes an individual's success in inspiring the community at large to become more involved in the fight to end homelessness. (See full story ...) 

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Region 10 Needs Provider Input

Attention Homeless Service Provider Agencies: Region 10 Education Service Center and Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO) would like to know how homeless service agencies are working with local school districts and the school district homeless liaison. Your feedback will help Region 10 ESC and THEO with future planning.

Access the online survey here.

Submit Nominations for Texas Homeless Network Awards

Nominate that colleague, community member, volunteer group, company, or organization doing an outstanding job in helping to end homelessness. Texas Homeless Network wants to recognize people and organizations doing extraordinary things. Nominations can be for tireless advocates, donate their time, needed items, or money, are creating programs to improve services, or work directly with individuals or families experiencing homelessness. Deadline is July 19. Submit nominations here.

Mayor's Report on Homelessness
Mandy Chapman Semple, the Special Assistant to Mayor Parker on Homeless Initiatives, presented an update on Houston's work on homelessness to City Council at the April 24th meeting. To watch the video of her presentation click here.
Meet the Texas Fair Defense Project 

Representatives of the Texas Fair Defense Project (TFDP) have recently made contact with several of our area providers. TFDP is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas that works to improve the fairness of Texas's criminal courts and ensure that all Texans have access to justice, particularly focusing on low-income defendants and their access to counsel in criminal cases.TFDP focuses on improving the public defense system and challenging policies as well as helping overcome common barriers to obtaining a court-appointed lawyer. For more information, visit


In This Issue
Preliminary Point in Time Shows Drop
Three Decades Celebrated
Service Provider Input Needed
Nominate for Texas Homeless Network Awards
Mayor's Report on Homelessness
Meet the TFDP
Upcoming Events
100,000 Homes Campaign - Houston Registry
May 5-8, 2013
Follow #HomelessHou   on Twitter
100,000 Homes Campaign - Houston Registry Community Briefing
May 15, 2013
More info here
System Mapping Report
May 22, 2013
8:30-10:00 a.m.

Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC)

815 Crosby St.
Houston 77019
Homeless Services Coordinating Council
June 5, 2013
8:30 - 10:00am
MHMRA Conference Center
7033 Southwest Freeway
Houston 77022 


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