January 2014
 
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless
Happy New Year from the Coalition for the Homeless
 
The previous year saw many achievements and successes as a community towards the goal of ending homelessness in the Houston area. As we continue to move forward in 2014, we want to thank each and every one of you for your collaboration and dedication. We are excited for what this year will bring and look forward to celebrating even more successes with you!
2014 Homeless Count
 
 
Stand Up and Be Counted!
 
How many people are homeless in Houston, and Harris and Fort Bend Counties? How are veterans, families, children, and vulnerable populations affected by homelessness? The Coalition for the Homeless works to help answer these questions by conducting an annual Homeless Count. The Homeless Count has documented a 28% decrease in homelessness in our community from 2011 - 2013.

Each year it takes approximately 500 volunteers to conduct the Count. We have had an incredible response so far, but we still need your help! Click here to fill out the volunteer registration form.

2014 Homeless Count
Dates: January 16 - Required Orientation, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
January 23 - count from 5:30 - 11:30 pm
January 30 - contingency date for count (in case of inclement weather)
Where: All of Houston, and Harris and Fort Bend Counties. Click here for a list of staging areas and their addresses. 

Since we will not be utilizing a "practice count" this year, we would like for volunteers to attend the required orientation on Thursday, January 16, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, and to use the time between the orientation and the count to familiarize themselves and their teams with their mapping areas and strategies. Click here to view the Houston Homeless Count Methodology presentation. 
 
The annual Homeless Count is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the local Continuum of Care funding process which brought more than $25,000,000 to our community in the 2012 fiscal year. On the night of the count, volunteer teams will be placed at designated staging areas across Houston, and Harris and Fort Bend County. 

Click here to sign up and be a part of this essential piece to ending homelessness. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Gary Grier at ggrier@homelesshouston.org or 832-531-6006.
Annual In Memoriam Saw Fewer Unsheltered Homeless 
  
The annual In Memoriam was held on December 20, 2013. Local service providers served meals and distributed donations to nearly 300 homeless individuals before and after the candlelight vigil. 
 
The vigil began with the US Vets Color Guard presentation, and included remarks from Marilyn Brown (President/CEO, Coalition for the Homeless) as well as Mandy Chapman Semple (City of Houston Mayor's Office). Community members also read the names of those homeless individuals that passed away during 2013, and a bell was rung for each individual. 
 
We want to thank all of our community partners  for helping to make this event a success. For more information on the 2013 event, or to look at archives of past events, click here

For more information on homelessness in Houston, Texas, and the U.S., ways we are working to prevent and end homelessness, 

and how you can advocate and get involved, visit...
Latest Coalition News

In This Issue
2014 Homeless Count - Volunteers Needed
Annual In Memoriam Saw Fewer Unsheltered Homeless
  
Upcoming Events

2014 Homeless Count

January 16 - Orientation

January 23 - the Count

Click here to register as a volunteer.

Click here for a list of staging areas.

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CoC Steering Committee

January 24, 2013
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Neighborhood 
Resource Center
Auditorium
815 Crosby St.
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CoC Provider Forum
February 25, 2014
9:00 - 10:30 AM
Neighborhood 
Resource Center Auditorium
815 Crosby St. 


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Houston, TX 77002
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Thank you to the Frees Foundation for being a "Community Sustainer" 

of the Coalition for the Homeless.