- 0full-time employees
- 0+Community Partners
- 0+homeless individuals housed
TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE HOMELESSNESS.
Letters from Our Leadership:
FY 2016 Board of Directors
- Andy Teas, Chair
Houston Apartment Association
Alan Watkins, Vice Chair
Wendy Adair, Secretary
Retired, Texas Southern University
Lynn Lohr, Treasurer
The WorkFaith Connection
- Kent Grubbs
Retired, BHP Billiton
Amber Rabo, PhD, SPHR
Formerly with City of Houston, Housing & Community Development
- Johnette Rosenbalm
TWC – The Valve Company
Dr. Steven Schnee
The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
Texas Southern University
Who We Are & What We Do:
The Coalition for the Homeless leads in the development, advocacy, and coordination of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness. Founded in 1982, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1988, the Coalition serves organizations who serve homeless individuals by providing leadership to the local homeless response system. The Coalition offers programs in four areas to its partners: Research, Project Management, System Capacity Building, and Public Education.
In 2011, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development declared Houston a “priority community” to help end homelessness, bringing additional funding and expertise to the region. When the local Continuum of Care (known as “The Way Home”) was formed, the Coalition was best-positioned to function as lead agency to this collaborative planning and implementation body;. managing the local client-level database; providing staffing and planning for projects; delivering high-quality trainings and networking opportunities; and serving as the voice of and for the homeless. The Coalition delivers premium services to those on the front lines of homeless services in Houston, Pasadena, Harris County, Fort Bend County, and has recently-added Conroe and Montgomery County to its service area.
- We provided technical assistance to0partner agencies
- We generated more than$0Kin media coverage on homelessness
- We helped nearly 600 people resolve0Cases in Homeless Court
- We sent more than 100 e-newsletters to0+active readers
- We provided training to0individuals
- We tracked0clients
- We were awarded$0M+in federal funding for our partners
- Our HMIS Staff conducted0site visits
… all contributing to the local collaborative to prevent and end homelessness, The Way Home.
The Way Home is the name of our local Continuum of Care (CoC) and is the collaborative model to prevent and end homelessness in Houston, Pasadena, Conroe; and Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery Counties. The Way Home was formalized in 2012, and today includes more than 100 partners from all areas of the community: nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, and more. The Way Home has adopted an Action Plan with specific goals, strategies and timelines to solve homelessness. The Way Home has become a national model for other communities and has made tremendous progress by focusing on evidence-based best practices and data-driven decision making. Read more below about The Way Home’s progress and its initiatives.
In previous years, the Homeless Count was conducted on a single evening through observation; however, in 2016 more than 200 surveyors from partner agencies and the community conducted brief, conversational surveys with individuals who slept unsheltered on the night of the Count to assess their homeless status and service needs. This in-depth outreach allowed Coordinated Access Housing Assessments to be offered on-the-spot to those who were eligible.
The Homeless Count is organized and led annually by the Coalition for the Homeless in consultation with the University of Texas School of Public Health and the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services.
Since it’s inception, Income Now has enrolled 708 individuals and helped nearly 200 of them secure employment. The Way Home has also hosted job fairs for clients, with staff on-site to practice interviews, help prepare portfolios and résumés, and clothing donations from Dress for Success and Career Gear. The job fairs have resulted in multiple individuals being hired on-the-spot. “I loved the hiring event,” said one client. “I had never been to one before and I appreciated the help with my resume – I had never done one before!”
Sara Brown | Communications Manager
James Gonzalez | Project Manager
Gary Grier | Project Manager
Nancy Heintz | Montgomery County Project Manager
Monica Montoya | Project Coordinator
Amber Paaso | Fort Bend County Project Manager
Ana Rausch | Coordinated Access Project Manager
Concetta Scerbo | Project Manager
Phoebe Van Cleefe | Youth Specialist
Ryan Clay | HMIS Reporting Manager
Erol Fetahagic | HMIS Administrator/Analyst
Karen Flores | HMIS Support Specialist
Yvette Fuentes | HMIS Training Manager
Mark Cox | Director of Finance
Renee Cavazos | The Way Home Fund Project Coordinator
Chris Sapp | IT Specialist
Kayla Smith | Senior Grant Analyst
Rosie White | Grants Accountant
* For some Grants Management revenue, small administrative fees stay with the Coalition; however, most of these grants flow directly through the Coalition to other partner organizations.
The Coalition for the Homeless would like to thank the many individuals, families, businesses, charitable foundations, community organizations and government partners whose donations support our mission to provide leadership in the development, advocacy and coordination of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness.
- The following major donors made gifts of $5,000 and above in the most recent fiscal year, 7/1/15 – 6/30/2016:
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
City of Houston Housing & Community Development Department
Episcopal Health Foundation
Harris County Community Services Department
Houston Downtown Management District
Houston Endowment, Inc.
McGee Family Foundation
Texas Department of State Health Services
The Jack Webster Grigsby Foundation
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
United Way of Greater Houston
Wells Fargo Foundation
- The following donors made gifts of $500 – $4,999 in the most recent fiscal year, 7/1/15 – 6/30/16:
Crystal & Company
GEICO Philanthropic Foundation
Greater Houston Community Foundation
Harriet & Joe Foster Foundation
Houston Apartment Association
Houston Housing Authority
Marek Family Foundation
Paul Comstock Partners
Robert & Pearl Knox Charitable Foundation
Rockwell Lumber Company
Salners Family Foundation
Mary Ella Testa
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
TWC – The Valve Company
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
We are grateful to all our donors and regret any error of omission or spelling.