April 2014
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless
Coalition Hosts Community Debrief on National Conferences  
Jessica Preheim (Houston Housing Authority) and Gary Grier (Coalition for the Homeless)
The Coalition for the Homeless hosted a Community Conference Debrief on Monday, March 24. Attendees from two recent national conferences (the National Alliance to End Homelessness' (NAEH) 2014 National Family and Youth Conference, and the Housing First Partners Conference) came together to share lessons learned and best practices. Other local service agency staff members who did not attend these conference were also able to join the Debrief and gain valuable insights from those who did. 
The NAEH Family and Youth Conference was held in New Orleans on February 18 & 19, and focused on strategies to end and prevent family and youth homelessness. The Housing First Partners Conference was held in Chicago from March 12-14, and engaged attendees on ending homelessness through the housing first model. 
Click here for more information on these conferences as well as links to the conference presentation materials and a documentary "The Homestretch" which aired at the Housing First Partners Conference.
Coalition Welcomes New Staff 
The Coalition for the Homeless has welcomed three new staff members: Yvette Fuentes (HMIS Trainer), Edgar Vallarta (Senior Accountant), and Karen Flores (HMIS Administrative Assistant). All of our new employees have a long history of nonprofit experience and will make fantastic additions to our team!
Yvette, Edgar, and Karen
Yvette came to the Coalition from Catholic Charities, after spending more than a decade at that organization. Her most recent role at Catholic Charities was at the Guadalupe Center where she served as the HMIS point of contact for staff who needed help with the database. Her knowledge of HMIS and her bright personality make her the perfect HMIS Trainer. Yvette trains staff from our partner organizations on using HMIS and helping to increase the quality of data across our system. 

Edgar previously spent seven years at Houston Area Community Services, Inc., another partner agency of the Coalition, where he held many responsibilities including grant billings, cash flow management, and preparing financial statements for the organization. At the Coalition, Edgar will use his robust knowledge and experience to increase our accounting department's capacity to manage grants from federal, state, and local governments, along with many other responsibilities.

Karen spent nearly two decades with Catholic Charities as a Case Worker where she helped clients determine their eligibility for services, and worked with program staff to extend resources and ensure that clients' needs were being met. Her strong knowledge of our HMIS database positions her to be a vital asset to our HMIS department and our organization as a whole. 

Welcome Yvette, Edgar, and Karen!
The Proof is in the Numbers

Data from the Houston Homeless Count, 2012 -2014
Coalition Update - Coordinated Access
In January Houston began Phase 1 of Coordinated Access, a new and more efficient delivery system to quickly end homelessness for individuals and families. Coordinated Access changes the question from "does this client fit into my program" to "what housing/service program is best for this client?" The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is requiring Continuums of Care (CoCs) to develop and implement a Coordinated Access system, because research has shown that Coordinated Access helps communities quickly and efficiently end homelessness. 

Ana Rausch serves as the Coordinated Access Project Manager at the Coalition for the Homeless. Her main function is to guide the implementation of this new delivery system, and to work with the Coordinated Access team members who are working on the frontlines, with everything from assessment to housing and then transferring to case management. 

Click here to read more about Coordinated Access in Houston and its early successes. 

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 Lunch & Learn Series
New Coalition Calendar
The Proof is in the Numbers
Coalition to Host Debrief for National Conferences
Upcoming Events

CoC Steering Committee Meeting

April 10, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Neighborhood Resource Center
815 Crosby Street

CoC Steering Committee Meeting

May 8, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Neighborhood Resource Center
815 Crosby Street
CoC Consumer Forum 
May 16, 2014
Time: TBD
Neighborhood Resource Center
815 Crosby Street
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