February 2014
 
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless
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Community Members Assist in 2014 Houston Homeless Count
 
Univeristy of Texas School of Public Health Student Team
The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County conducted the annual 2014 Houston Homeless Count on January 30, with the help of partner organizations, local government agencies, faith-based organizations, local universities, and community members. 

On the night of the Count, more than 500 volunteers from the community departed from 10 staging areas across Houston, Harris County, and Fort Bend County to count individuals, families, and young people that live on the streets. Surface Teams conducted their count from vehicles, while Specialized Outreach Teams, comprised of staff from local service providers and government agencies, conducted interviews on foot. 

In addition to this unsheltered count, there is also a sheltered count that is conducted through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) which the Coalition manages. The total number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals is then reported to HUD, and this data assists our community in determining what type of services and housing is needed to best serve our homeless population. 

"In 2013, there were great strides made in housing homeless veterans and other individuals through collaborative efforts of Houston's homeless service providers," said Marilyn Brown, President/CEO of the Coalition. "The 2014 Count numbers will hopefully validate our common goal of working together as a system, rather than independent agencies operating on their own."

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Coalition Welcomes New Board Members and 2014 Officers
 
The Coalition for the Homeless is excited to welcome two new board members in 2014: Wendy Thomas and Alan Watkins. Thomas, long-time volunteer with SEARCH (and several other organizations) will serve as the Coalition's consumer representative on the Board of Directors. Thomas participated in the Community Charrette in 2012, and we look forward to the unique perspective and experience she will bring to our organization. 

Our other new board member, Alan Watkins, works as a Community Development Officer with Wells Fargo, where he devotes his time to assisting financial literacy and housing projects. Before joining Wells Fargo, Watkins spent time working with a transitional housing program at Wheeler Avenue 5 C's, and brings a familiarity on issues concerning homelessness in our community. 

In addition to these new board members, we are excited to announce our new Board of Directors officers for 2014. They are:

- Andy Teas, Vice Chair
- Tim Oettmeier, Treasurer
- Lynn Lohr, Secretary

Stephen Williams will remain as the Chairman of the Board for a brief period of time during the transition. 
Coalition Announces Changes to CoC Provider Meetings and 2014 Lunch & Learn Schedule
  
Late last year, the Continuum of Care (CoC) Steering Committee approved changes to the meeting format for CoC Providers. Formerly, providers would meet once a month as the Homeless Services Coordinating Council (HSCC); however, going forward, providers will meet quarterly at CoC Provider Input Forums. This new format will allow local service provider leadership to collaborate, share information, and create recommendations that can be presented directly to the CoC Steering Committee. The first CoC Provider Input Forum of 2014 will be held on Tuesday, February 25, from 9:00 - 10:30 am at the Neighborhood Resource Center (815 Crosby Street).

In addition, the Coalition will offer its Lunch & Learn series again in 2014. The Lunch & Learn series aims to educate local service agency staff on topics relevant to homelessness as well as to provide the opportunity to network. Topics on the agenda for 2014 include: youth and family homelessness, a report on the 2014 Homeless Count, mental health and homelessness assessments, and a report on the Community Needs Assessment and Gaps Analysis. The 2014 Lunch & Learns will be held from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the United Way of Greater Houston (50 Waugh Drive), and are scheduled for: Wednesday, March 12, Wednesday, June 18, Monday, September 9, and Wednesday, October 8.

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
Community Members Assist in 2014 Houston Homeless Count
Coalition Welcomes New Board Members
Education and Networking Opportunities for Providers
  
Upcoming Events

CoC Steering Committee

Location Change in February!

February 13, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Harris County Housing Authority
8933 Interchange Dr.
Houston, TX 77054
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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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Lunch & Learn
March 12, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
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HMIS Forum
March 20, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Harris Co. Dept. of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd.
5th Floor
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