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    Community Partners
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    homeless individuals housed

Letters from Our Leadership:

Letter from Andy
Letter from Marilyn

FY 2016 Board of Directors

  • Andy Teas, Chair
    Houston Apartment Association

    Alan Watkins, Vice Chair
    Wells Fargo

    Wendy Adair, Secretary
    Retired, Texas Southern University

    Lynn Lohr, Treasurer
    The WorkFaith Connection
  • Kent Grubbs
    Retired, BHP Billiton

    Bryce Kennard

    Amber Rabo, PhD, SPHR
    Cheniere Energy

    Neal Rackleff
    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

    LaRence Snowden
    Texas Southern University

Who We Are & What We Do:

FoundationThe 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.


Project Management
System Capacity Building
Public Education

In 2015…

  • We provided technical assistance to
    partner agencies
  • We generated more than
    in media coverage on homelessness
  • We helped nearly 600 people resolve
    Cases in Homeless Court
  • We sent more than 100 e-newsletters to
    active readers
  • We provided training to
  • We tracked
  • We were awarded
    in federal funding for our partners
  • Our HMIS Staff conducted
    site visits

… all contributing to the local collaborative to prevent and end homelessness, The Way Home.

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.

The annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count is a requirement of the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), and is a key indicator of progress toward solving homelessness. The Way Home uses the Homeless Count to continue to right-size the homeless response system.
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.
2016 Homeless Count
In 2015, The Way Home introduced its Income Now initiative as the latest component of its homeless response system. Income Now connects those currently experiencing homelessness with income to secure and maintain permanent housing. The initiative coordinates services and providers to leverage the expertise and resources throughout Greater Houston for the benefit of those looking to secure income as quickly as possible. Income Now connects homeless individuals to the following sources of income:Income Now
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!”

Our Staff:

Eva Thibaudeau | Director of Programs
Sara Brown | Communications Manager
James Gonzalez | Project Manager
Gary Grier | Project Manager
Nancy Heintz | Montgomery County Project Manager
Monica Montoya | Project Coordinator
Scot More | Project Manager
Amber Paaso | Fort Bend County Project Manager
Ana Rausch | Coordinated Access Project Manager
Concetta Scerbo | Project Manager
Phoebe Van Cleefe | Youth Specialist
Kelita Beechum | HMIS Support Manager
Ryan Clay | HMIS Reporting Manager
Erol Fetahagic | HMIS Administrator/Analyst
Karen Flores | HMIS Support Specialist
Yvette Fuentes | HMIS Training Manager
Marilyn L. Brown | President/CEO
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

Financial Information:

* 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.

Philanthropic Investments:

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
    CenterPoint Energy
    Chase Bank
    Chevron Corporation
    City of Houston Housing & Community Development Department
    Mark Cox
    Episcopal Health Foundation
    Harris County Community Services Department
    Houston Downtown Management District
    Houston Endowment, Inc.
    McGee Family Foundation
    Simmons Foundation
    Strake 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:

    Wendy Adair
    Richard Bischoff
    Marilyn Brown
    Crystal & Company
    GEICO Philanthropic Foundation
    Greater Houston Community Foundation
    Kent Grubbs
    Harriet & Joe Foster Foundation
    Sarah Homann
    Houston Apartment Association
    Houston Housing Authority
    Lynn Lohr
    Marek Family Foundation
    Cathy Moore
    Paul Comstock Partners
    Michael Reeves
    Robert & Pearl Knox Charitable Foundation
    Rockwell Lumber Company
    Johnette Rosenbalm
    Salners Family Foundation
    Shield Healthcare
    Kimberly Sterling
    Beth Tanner
    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.