May 2016
Serving Those Who Serve The Homeless
Coalition Awarded Funding in Recent HUD Announcement

On May 2, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made a FY 2015 Continuum of Care Program Competition grant awards announcement. The Way Home Continuum of Care (CoC) will receive funding for all of its renewal and new project requests made, bringing more than $32 Million for 45 local homeless housing and service programs in Houston, Pasadena, Harris County, and Fort Bend County. This is an $8.4 Million increase in funding from 2014. 
The Coalition for the Homeless serves as the collaborative applicant for the CoC Program Competition, and was itself awarded funding in the May 2 announcement to support its lead agency services and management of Coordinated Access and HMIS. 
For more information, visit The Way Home's blog.  
Coalition Staff Attend National Data Conference

Coalition HMIS staff Yvette Fuentes (HMIS Trainer), Karen Flores (HMIS Program Support), and Kelita Beechum (HMIS Support Manager) attended the National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) Spring Conference April 13-14, in Los Angeles, CA.

Sessions at the NHSDC Conference covered topics such as navigating privacy regulations, how to grow participation in HMIS, and how to work with other data systems. Coalition staff members were also able to participate in an open session where community members brainstormed and developed recommendations to pass along to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

Melanie Pang, a staff member with The Salvation Army - Houston Social Services wrote a wonderful guest post about the conference for our HMIS e-newsletter; click here to read the full post. 
Registration Open for June Lunch & Learn  

Registration is now open for the June 2 Lunch & Learn, "Findings from the 2016 Point-In-Time Homeless Count & Survey." Seating is limited and RSVPs are required. Click here for more information and to register.

For any additional questions, email Gary Grier at
Amazon Makes Donating to the Coalition Easier than Ever! 

Amazon has made donating to the Coalition for the Homeless easier than ever! Through Amazon Smile, you can link your Amazon account to the Coalition, and every time you shop, a portion of your purchase will be donated to the Coalition by the Amazon Smile Foundation!

Click here to set up your account today!
The Proof is in the Numbers...

Part of the Coalition's work as lead agency to The Way Home is conducting the annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count & Survey. The Coalition anticipates that the announcement of the 2016 Point-In-Time numbers later this month. Until then, click on the image below to view an interactive graph of how Houston's homeless population has changed and decreased since 2011.

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
HUD Announces FY 2015 CoC Funding
HMIS Attends National Data Conference
Registration Open: June 2016 Lunch & Learn
Donate to the Coalition with Amazon Smile!
The Proof is in the Numbers

Upcoming Events
CoC Steering Committee Meeting
May 12, 2016
3:30 - 5:00 pm
City of Houston Housing & Community Development
601 Sawyer Street
Houston, TX 77007
First Floor Conference Room

CoC Provider Forum 
May 24 2016
9:00 - 10:30 am
Harris County CPS
8410 Lantern Point
Houston, TX 77054


Lunch & Learn
June 2, 2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007
RSVPs required. Click here for more information.


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