Homeless Court (HC) is a special Court session for homeless defendants to resolve outstanding misdemeanor offenses and warrants within the City of Houston’s Municipal Courts. It’s based on the first homeless court program in the nation, created in San Diego in 1989, and it commenced operation here in 2006. HC builds on partnerships between the court, local shelters and service agencies. It works to resolve the problems that homelessness presents with practical solutions. Initial referrals to HC originate in shelters and service agencies. Referrals are submitted to the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County. Court staff pulls dockets, and court dates are set by the presiding judge.
Key characteristics of the Homeless Court include:
- It works within the City of Houston Municipal Courts.
- It addresses the full range of misdemeanor offenses.
- No one goes into custody.
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The Coalition manages this service by specific request from local homeless service providers; if you need this service, click here to locate a service provider who may request the service for you.