August 2013
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless


Sara, Eva, Whitney
Sara Brown, Eva Thibaudeau-Graczyk,  and Whitney Patterson

Changes at the Coalition:

Eva Thibaudeau-Graczyk, LCSW and Sara L. Brown have joined the Coalition for the Homeless staff.  Thibaudeau-Graczyk, a community services advocate with 15 years of field experience, will join the management team as the Director of Programs, while Brown will serve in a new position as the Special Assistant to the President/CEO.

Formerly with SEARCH Homeless Services, Inc., Eva Thibaudeau-Graczyk has led successful efforts to provide safe housing and needed services for homeless individuals.  She has been charged with training and coaching her peers in best practices to address the needs of the homeless.  Sara L. Brown first demonstrated her commitment to service at Bering Omega Community Services.  She served there as the Volunteer/Client Coordinator and most recently as the Community Development Associate.  At the Coalition she will assist the President/CEO and manage the organization's external communications.  

"I am delighted to add these two capable women to our team at the Coalition," stated Marilyn Brown, CEO.  "Eva has proven to be an innovative thinker in developing and managing new programs which positively impact Houston's homeless population.  Also, communication is a critical piece of the Change Management Process we are undertaking, so having Sara's expertise couldn't come at a better time."

These two new additions come at a time when the Coalition is also experiencing a significant departure.  After two and a half years with the organization, most recently as the Systems Project Manager, Whitney Patterson will be relocating to Seattle, Washington later this month.

"Whitney has contributed greatly to the knowledge base around homeless issues in Houston," said Marilyn Brown.  "While we will certainly miss her insights, we know that she will continue to have an impact wherever she goes." (See full press release...)

Urban Institute Youth Count!
Youth Count Report Cover Houston's Involvement in the national Youth Count! pilot was highlighted in the Urban Institute's cross-site evaluation report, examining methodologies employed by the 9 pilot communities.  The report's recommendations to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and CoC's will aid in developing cross-agency strategies to end youth homelessness by 2020.
A panel discussion lead by the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Nan Roman, and including representation from the Urban Institute, King County's Homeless Youth program, and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness was broadcast nationally.  The process will wrap up in September with a meeting of the 9 pilot communities, including local representation from the Coalition for the Homeless and the Texas Homeless Education Office. (See full report here...)

Houston Well Represented at NAEH13:


The Coalition for the Homeless staff and representatives from various area service providers and advocacy groups made for a strong Houston presence at the recent National Alliance to End Homelessness 2013 conference in Washington, D.C.  To find out more about the presentations and various slides, click here

For more information on the National Alliance to End Homelessness, click here.

Twitter followers can discover what trended by using #NAEH13


Coalition's CEO Speaks on KUHF's 
"Houston Matters":

With the June release of our Point In Time survey numbers, the weekly KUHF radio program, "Houston Matters," invited our President & CEO, Marilyn Brown, to discuss the latest homeless count, what services exist to help Houston's homeless population, and what has and hasn't worked.  Joining her in the discussion were Sargeant Steve Wick, a member of the Houston Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team and Mental Health Unit; and Tory Gunsolley, President & CEO of the Houston Housing Authority. (Click here to listen...)

Youth Homeless SNAP Guidelines: 
The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has issued a memorandum to clairfy policy with the goal of ensuring that all eligible homeless youth can access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  (See full story...)

For links to recent media coverage of Houston Registry Week and podcasts on how Houston is transitioning homeless people to supportive housing visit ...
Latest Coalition News

In This Issue
Changes at the Coalition
Youth Count!
NAEH Recap
Discussion on Houston's Homeless
Homeless Youth Nutritional Guidelines
Upcoming Events


CoC Steering Committee
August 8, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Houston Area Community Services
2105 W. 18th Street
3rd Floor Conference Room
Lunch and Learn:
August 15, 2013
"Affordable Care Act and Panel from
NAEH Conference"
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
United Way
50 Waugh Drive

Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness
September 25 - 27, 2013

Austin, TX

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