November 2013
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless
Homeless Court Judge Tours Local Service Organizations to Get the Client Experience
One of the projects managed by the Coalition for the Homeless is Homeless Court. Begun eight years ago, Homeless Court is an important step in the path for individuals towards a successful exit from homelessness. This program operates under the guarantee that no one appearing will go to jail as a result of the ticket(s) that bring them to Homeless Court. As long as the homeless individual has a case manager and is participating in a program with the goal of exiting homelessness, this counts as their community service. In other words, by the time they appear in court, they have worked off their ticket.
Recently, one of the judges at Homeless Court, Judge Imelda Castillo, approached Scot More, Project Manager with the Coalition, with the request to tour local homeless service organizations, to gain a deeper understanding of the client experience, from street to housing. On this tour, Judge Castillo visited St. Joseph House, SEARCH Homeless Services, Star of Hope Mission, and Harmony House clients at 1414 Congress, where she saw not only the strengths of each of these programs, but the collaboration between agencies with the goal of ending chronic homelessness. 
Click here to read more about Homeless Court and its impact, Judge Castillo's tour, and how it has already impacted those providers who participated.
In Memoriam - National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

The Coalition for the Homeless will recognize National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day with the In Memoriam, to be held Friday, December 20, 2013 at City Hall (901 Bagby).  The Coalition is accepting volunteers to help with the following: planning and preparations, setup and clean up, candle distribution/collection, assistance with distributing donated items, and guest check-in.  For more information, please contact Scot More at or 832-531-6008.  
Call for Information - Holiday Drives 
During the holiday season, the Coalition for the Homeless receives several requests from community members who want information on how they can help homeless individuals and families. If you are planning a holiday drive of any type for food, clothing, etc., please let us know so we can share this information through our newsletters, website, emails, and press releases. 
To submit information, please contact Sara Brown at or 832-531-6019. Thank you! 
Lunch & Learn Recap:
In October, the Coalition for the Homeless hosted a Lunch & Learn session about the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness.  If you missed this session, the presentation by Abeer Monem and Barbie Brashear is available on our website.  Click here to read more and to download the presentation.

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In This Issue
Homeless Court Judge Tours Local Organizations
In Memoriam
Holiday Drives - Call for Information
Lunch & Learn Recap
Upcoming Events

Homeless Services Coordinating Council Meeting

November 6, 2013
8:00 - 10:00 am
MHMRA Conference Center (map)
Consumer Input Meeting
November 8, 2013
2:00 - 3:30 PM
600 Jefferson St. 
Ground Floor Conference Room
CoC Steering Committee
November 14, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Resource Center
815 Crosby St.

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