September 2014
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless
Call for Nominations - 2014 Houston's World Homeless Day Awards and Event

The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County needs your help in nominating individuals, businesses, foundations, and others for consideration in receiving our 2014 Houston's World Homeless Day Awards! Click here to nominate today!

Formerly the Friends of the Homeless Awards, nominations are currently being accepted in the following categories: Achiever of the Year, Business/Corporation, Foundation, Housing Partner, Media Champion, Peg Dudar Individual Advocate, Sally Shipman Service Provider Staff, Services Partner, and Spirit of Collaboration. You can click here to view a webpage with links to all online nomination forms. You can also click here to view and download the PDF form to fill out and return by fax to 713-739-8038 or by email to sbrown@ Nominations must be submitted by September 19, 2014.

We will announce the winners of these awards at our event "Joy, Hope, and Thanks," as we commemorate World Homeless Day on Friday, October 10, at the Children's Museum of Houston (1500 Binz St.). This event is free and open to all service provider staff as we thank them for tirelessly working to help end homelessness in Houston. RSVPs are required - click here to reserve your spot today.

If you have any questions about the 2014 Houston's World Homeless Day Awards or our event, please contact Sara Brown at 832-531-6019 or
September Lunch & Learn, "Coordinated Access: Houston, We Have Liftoff!"

The Coalition for the Homeless will present its third Lunch & Learn of 2014 on Tuesday, September 9, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the United Way of Greater Houston. Click here to RSVP.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's new regulations require that all Continuums of Care (CoCs) develop and implement a coordinated assessment system for all CoC-funded programs. The Houston/Harris County CoC began implementation of a Coordinated Access system in early 2014. This presentation will review the system progress to date and allow questions from area homeless services providers. Ana Rausch (Coordinated Access Project Manager, Coalition for the Homeless), and Heather Muller (Program Manager, CSH) will present. CEUs will be available for LMSWs, LPCs, and LCDCs.

Lunch will be provided and RSVPs are required. Click here to reserve your spot.

Please contact Gary Grier at 832-531-6006 or with any questions. 
The Proof Is in the Numbers

In a 60 Minutes special, Becky Kanis of Community Solutions (creators of the 100,000 Homes Campaign), said, "we are paying more as taxpayers to walk past that person on the street and do nothing than we would be paying to just give them an apartment." A 2002 study supplies proof to that statement (illustrated below) and shows that the Housing First approach really does work.
Training: Harm Reduction 

The Coalition for the Homeless, in conjunction with CSH, will be providing Harm Reduction Training in September. This free, full-day training will be offered on two days (please only register for one day): Wednesday, September 17 (at the City of Houston HCD Conference Room, 601 Sawyer St., Houston, TX 77007) OR Thursday, September 18 (at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 815 Crosby St., Houston, TX 77019). Click here to register. Click here to view the flier for more information.

Harm reduction strategies offer practitioners interventions to reduce the impact of barriers such as substance abuse and mental illness on a person's ability to meet tenancy obligations. This one-day training is designed for service providers working to help homeless people access and/or retain permanent housing. The session will overview the concept of Harm Reduction and its application to various special needs and conditions during the housing access and stabilization phases of work. The Stages of Change framework, Housing First principles, and current practice in addictions and mental health will be integrated into the session. Case reviews will be used to illustrate the concepts. Suzanne Wagner, LMSW; Principal Partner with Housing Innovations will present. CEUs will be offered for LMSWs, LPCs, and LCDCs.

For more information, please contact Gary Grier at 832-531-6006 or  

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In This Issue
Call for Nominations - World Homeless Day Event
September Lunch & Learn, "Coordinated Access: Houston, We Have Liftoff!"
The Proof is in the Numbers
Training - Harm Reduction
Upcoming Events


Lunch & Learn, "Coordinated Access: Houston, We Have Liftoff!"

September 9, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Dr.
RSVP Required - 


CoC Steering Committee Meeting

September 11, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Neighborhood Resource Center
815 Crosby St.



Harm Reduction Training

September 17
September 18
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location varies by date - click here for more information. Click here to RSVP.



HMIS Forum

September 18, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington



Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness

October 1 - 3
Omni San Antonio Hotel
Click here for more information.



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