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SEARCH Provides Summer Relief to Homeless

With summer in full swing, SEARCH is collecting water and insect repellent as part of their outreach to the homeless. Officials are hoping these simple items are a first step to establishing a lasting relationship. The homeless population in the greater Houston area has grown and now SEARCH estimates the number as high as 14,000. […]

With summer in full swing, SEARCH is collecting water and insect repellent as part of their outreach to the homeless. Officials are hoping these simple items are a first step to establishing a lasting relationship.

The homeless population in the greater Houston area has grown and now SEARCH estimates the number as high as 14,000.

Associate Executive Director Thao Costis says SEARCH sees 200 people a day in the day shelter. Another 200 are placed in housing. Given the limited amount of resources, Costis says they continue to reach out to the homeless by handing out water and insect repellent to homeless on the street.

Costis says they are trying to engage the homeless, to develop trust, so that they will want the help to rebuild a new life and it all starts with water and insect repellent to make Houston’s summers a little bit more bearable. SEARCH is funded through government grants and private donations.

This year SEARCH is starting with 100 cases of water and 50 cases of insect repellent. Since the number of homeless has increased, SEARCH is turning to the community to help with more donations.

Costis says plenty of challenges still exist in maintaining services for a homeless person who is trying to build a new life, but it all begins with the initial contact.

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