Housing

Coalition for the Homeless awarded $5 million to curb homelessness for Houston families

The grant is from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund, which has granted money to organizations that support the immediate needs of young families since 2018. 

AP Photo/Juan A. Lozano
A homeless encampment near downtown Houston in 2017.

The Coalition for the Homeless has been awarded a $5 million grant to curb homelessness for families here in Houston.

Launched in 2018 by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund grants money to organizations that support the immediate needs of young families.

Mike Nichols, the president and CEO of the Coalition, said the money will go a long way toward supporting struggling families in Houston.

“It will give us a chance to be very creative, and problem-and-solution oriented in finding ways to house formerly homeless families,” Nichols said.

Nichols said they’ll be giving most of the $5 million to local direct service providers that keep families housed over a long period of time.

The Coalition has housed more than 25,000 people since 2012, according to the Coalition’s website — an effort that’s led to national recognition.

In January, the organization counted 3,223 unhoused people in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties during its annual point-in-time count. The Coalition found a 19% decrease in overall homelessness in the region since 2020, and a 64% decrease since 2011, according to the Coalition’s 2021 PIT Count & Survey.

The organization is one of 40 grant recipients this year, with $123.45 million given to fight homelessness across the U.S. In total, the fund has given $521.6 million over the years.

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