August 2014
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless
Coalition Staff Attend National Conference on Ending Homelessness

Gary Grier (Project Manager), Eva Thibaudeau (Director of Programs), Ana Rausch (Coordinated Access Project Manager)
The National Alliance on Ending Homelessness held its annual National Conference on Ending Homelessness July 29 - 31, in Washington D.C., and Coalition staff Eva Thibaudeau, Gary Grier, and Ana Rausch were in attendance, along with several other Houston area service providers. 

The keynote speaker of the 2014 conference was First Lady Michelle Obama, whose address centered around veteran homelessness. Our staff member Ana Rausch got to shake hands with the First Lady - one of the highlights of her trip!

Another major focus of the conference was Capitol Hill Day 2014, which is held in conjunction with the conference and gives participants a chance to meet with their Members of Congress and to take part in federal advocacy. The Coalition's Gary Grier served as Capital Hill Co-Captain for the Houston area conference attendees. 

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Coalition to Host Community Debrief Around National Conference on Ending Homelessness

For the second year, the Coalition for the Homeless will host a Community Debrief regarding the National Conference on Ending Homelessness. This debrief will be open to the community, and will focus on best practices and lessons learned as shared by conference attendees. 

This event will be held on Tuesday, August 12, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in the ground floor conference room at 600 Jefferson Street (parking validated in our garage). Space is limited; click here to reserve your spot today. Please contact Gary Grier at 832-531-6006 or with any questions. 
The Proof Is in the Numbers

Houston's homeless veteran population is going down, but by how much? This graph below shows the decline in the homeless veteran population from 2011-2014. For more specifics, visit our Local Data and Research page where you can view summaries of the Homeless Count findings from the past several years.
Coalition Honors Retiring Board Members, Welcomes New Officers and Members
Stephen Williams, Marilyn Brown, Frances Isbell

The Coalition for the Homeless honored retiring members of its Board of Directors at its June meeting, as well as voted in new officers and members for the 2015 fiscal year. 

Frances Isbell, Linda May, and Stephen Williams ended their second and final Board terms at the end of June. 

The Board of Directors welcomed the following officers for the FY 2015:
  • Andy Teas (Houston Apartment Association), Chairman
  • Alan Watkins (Wells Fargo), Vice Chair
  • Tim Oettmeier (Houston Police Department), Treasurer
  • Lynn Lohr (The WorkFaith Connection), Secretary
Wendy Adair and Amber Rabo have also joined the Coalition's Board of Directors. Adair serves as the Vice President of University Advancement at Texas Southern University. Rabo is the Director of Organizational Development and Training with Houston Methodist. 

Click here for more information on our retiring Board members. To view a complete list of the Coalition's Board of Directors, click here.
Training: PSH Resources and Partnerships

The Coalition for the Homeless and CSH are excited to announce their upcoming training: PSH Resources and Partnerships. 

Coordination among property managers and those who deliver services is a key component to ensuring people stay housed in supportive housing. This training will define roles, outline key areas of coordination, and provide real-life examples of high quality coordination.

This free, full-day training will be offered on two days: August 19 OR August 20, and is limited to the first 55 registrants each day. Click here for more information. Click here to register. 

Stephanie Mercier, Senior Program Manager with CSH will present this training, and CEUs will be offered for LMSWs, LPCs, and LCDCs. The training will be held at the Harris County Community Services Department's Training Auditorium. For more information, please contact Gary Grier at 832-531-6006 or  

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...
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In This Issue
National Conference on Ending Homelessness
Community Debrief on National Conference
The Proof is in the Numbers
Coalition Honors Retiring Board Members, Welcomes New Officers and Members
Training - PSH Partnerships and Resources
Upcoming Events


PSH Resources and Partnerships Training

August 12, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Coalition Offices
Ground Floor Conference Room
600 Jefferson Street


CoC Steering Committee Meeting

August 14, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Neighborhood Resource Center
815 Crosby St.


PSH Resources and Partnerships Training

August 19
August 20
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Harris County CSD
8410 Lantern Point


CoC Provider Input Forum

August 26, 2014
9:00 - 10:30 am
Neighborhood Resource Center
815 Crosby St.


Lunch & Learn

September 9, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive


Visit our Event Calendar for even more events and educational opportunities.
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