November 2014
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless
Collaborative Communications Workshops: Media Relations

There is no doubt that working together collaboratively is a critical factor in the success we are experiencing in The Way Home. Agencies are focusing on what they do best, and partnerships are being solidified so housing interventions are being coupled with supportive services. However, collaboration also brings new challenges. One of those is how do individual agencies tell their stories in a way that highlights their agency work while still acknowledging the collaborative partnership? Because many of us are facing this dilemma, the Coalition for the Homeless is offering a series called Collaborative Communications Workshops.

The first topic covered will be Media Relations. It will be held on Tuesday, December 2, from 9:00 - 11:00 am at the Neighborhood Resource Center (815 Crosby Street, Houston, TX 77019). This training is open to all partner organizations, and will feature local experts presenting on topics including: Media P's and Q's, Social Media, Choosing a Spokesperson, and Changing the Dialogue. Registration is now open for this event - click here to reserve your spot. Contact Sara Brown at with any questions. 

This workshop series is being offered in support of the Coalition's mission to serve those who serve the homeless. 
The Proof Is in the Numbers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to congress in late October, which showed signs of progress throughout the U.S. toward ending homelessness. 

Especially encouraging, as of 2014 our Continuum of Care (CoC) is no longer in the top 10 list of major cities with the largest homeless populations!

Congratulations Houston, Harris County, and Fort Bend County - let's keep up the good work!
2015 Lunch & Learn Dates Announced

The Coalition for the Homeless has set its Lunch & Learn schedule for 2015, and invites you to save the following dates:

Wednesday, March 18

Wednesday, June 10

Wednesday, September 16

Friday, November 20


All Lunch & Learns will be held from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the United Way of Greater Houston (50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77007). Lunches will be provided as well as CEUs for LMSWs, LPCs, and LCDCs. 

Seating is limited for these events, and RSVPs will be required through our online registration forms. As each event draws closer, links to register will be announced and will be accessible on the Coalition's Registrations webpage

For questions regarding the Lunch & Learn events, please contact Gary Grier at 832-531-6006 or
Join the Coalition on Social Media!

The Coalition for the Homeless has joined the exciting world of social media! Click here to find us on Facebook. If you used to follow us on Twitter, we now have a new username: homelessHOU. Be sure to click here and follow us to get the latest updates!

Our aim in joining social media is not only to share facts about our organization, but to share relevant articles, provide updates on the progress of The Way Home Houston, and to highlight our partner organizations who are doing amazing work in the community. Please be sure to find us on Facebook and on Twitter to join in on the conversation.

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
Coalition Welcomes New Staff
The Proof is in the Numbers
HMIS 2014 Data Standards Update
Follow us on Facebook & Twitter!
Upcoming Events


CoC Steering Committee Meeting

November 13, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Neighborhood Resource Center
815 Crosby St.


CoC Provider Forum

November 25, 2014 
9:00 - 10:30 am
Neighborhood Resource Center
815 Crosby St.


Communications Workshop
December 2, 2014
9:00 - 11:00 am
Neighborhood Resource Center
815 Crosby St.
Click here to RSVP.


HMIS Forum 
December 11, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd.


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

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