September 2015
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless
"Solving the Puzzle of Homelessness" Luncheon and Panel Presentation

Can homelessness be solved? YES!

To find out how, join the Coalition on Thursday, October 8 for "Solving the Puzzle of Homelessness," a luncheon and panel presentation honoring Mayor Annise Parker, City of Houston. 

Click here for more information on ticketing 
and sponsorship opportunities.

Houston and the collaborative partners of The Way Home are leading the nation with innovative solutions in solving homelessness, and the Coalition serves The Way Home by providing leadership in the development, advocacy, and coordination of community strategies necessary to achieve these goals. 

Please join us at this community-focused event where we will share in our triumphs, identify next steps, and pay tribute to the Honorable Annise Parker, Mayor of the City of Houston for her commitment to helping us "Lead Houston Home."

Visit our website for more information or email Sara Brown at
Free Provider Recognition Event to Commemorate World Homeless Day 2015

The Coalition will host a free event for service partner staff members to commemorate World Homeless Day. Click here for more information and to RSVP. 

Sponsored again this year by CenterPoint Energy, the 2015 World Homeless Day Awards and private screening of the film "@Home" will be held on Monday, October 12, 2015, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the River Oaks Theater (2009 West Gray). 

If you were able to join us last year, you know that this event promises to be a fun afternoon full of recognition and relaxation. Please visit our website for more information or email Sara Brown at
We Need Your Nominations!
2015 Houston's World Homeless Day Awards

Nominations are open for the 2015 World Homeless Day Awards, and we need your help so we can recognize deserving individuals, organizations, and others for their dedication to ending homelessness in Houston, Harris County and Fort Bend County. This year's awards categories are:
  • Achiever of the Year (two awards: one male, one female)
  • Bridge Builder (new!)
  • Business/Corporation of the Year
  • Foundation of the Year
  • Housing Partner 
  • Media Champion
  • Peg Dudar Individual Advocate 
  • Sally Shipman Service Provider Staff 
  • Service Partner 
  • Spirit of Collaboration 
Click here to view descriptions of these awards and links to submit your nominations. The last day for nominations will be Friday, September 11, 2015.
Coalition Staff Present at National Conferences

The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County has had multiple staff members present at conferences throughout Texas and the rest of the U.S. to share insights and information on behalf of The Way Home and the collaboration of its more than 70 partners. 

One of our staff members who has recently participated in several conference presentations is Gary Grier, Project Manager with the Coalition. Gary presented and moderated a panel on Rapid Re-housing (RRH) and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in July, and will present at two more national conferences this fall: the True Colors Fund's 40 to None Summit in September, and the 2015 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in October.

The Coalition is proud to share the knowledge, experience, and collaboration of the partners of The Way Home with those working to end homelessness across the nation. 
The Proof is in the Numbers...

Partners of The Way Home recently completed an 11 day Homeless Engagement Initiative in which Coordinated Access housing assessors, trained outreach staff, and community volunteers hit the streets to interview panhandlers, homeless individuals, and others to gather information and refer them to appropriate services. The effort covered a different Houston City Council District each day, and was held 
August 17 - 31 (excluding weekends). 

Much more thorough data will be available later, but the preliminary results can be found to the left. This effort was the first of multiple phases. The Way Home will take its learnings from this initiative and complete additional phases throughout the rest of Harris County and all of Fort Bend County. 

A special thank you the community volunteers who made this possible, and to the organizations that provided trained assessors and outreach staff who participated every day: Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Houston Area Community Services, Houston Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team, SEARCH Homeless Services, and Star of Hope.

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
2015 World Homeless Day Event
Free Provider Event
Award Nominations Needed!
Staff Present at National Conferences
The Proof is in the Numbers
Upcoming Events
CoC Steering Committee Meeting
September 10, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Third Ward 
Multi Service Center
3611 Ennis Street
Houston, TX 77004

Lunch & Learn
September 16, 2015
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
United Way of 
Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007
Click here to view the flier and to RSVP.

3rd Quarter 
HMIS Forum
September 17, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Boulevard
Houston, TX 77022

CoC Provider Forum
August 25, 2015
9:00 - 10:30 am
Harris County CSD
8410 Lantern Point
Houston, TX 77054

Solving the Puzzle of Homelessness
October 8, 2015
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Crowne Plaza 
Houston - Downtown
Click here for more information.

CoC Steering Committee Meeting
October 8, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Third Ward 
Multi Service Center
3611 Ennis Street
Houston, TX 77004

2015 World Homeless Day Provider Event
October 12, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 pm
River Oaks Theater
2009 West Gray 
Houston, TX 77019

Click here to RSVP.
Click here to make nominations for the 
2015 World Homeless Day Awards.

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