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Houston’s Homeless

Last month, the Coalition for the Homeless released its most recent figures in a “boots on the ground” homeless count. The Coalition is made up of a number of organizations, and they traveled around Houston making their best effort to identify as many homeless people as they could. The results would seem to suggest the […]

Last month, the Coalition for the Homeless released its most recent figures in a “boots on the ground” homeless count. The Coalition is made up of a number of organizations, and they traveled around Houston making their best effort to identify as many homeless people as they could. The results would seem to suggest the number of homeless people on our streets is down significantly. But there’s no easy way to be sure, and you’re still likely to see that same homeless person, at that same corner you drive past every day under one of the city’s freeways. So where have we come from, and where are we going, in our efforts to help Houston’s homeless? What works, and what doesn’t, as we seek to lift people up?

To discuss the latest homeless count, what services exist to help the homeless in Houston, and just what does and doesn’t work, we invited:
Marilyn Brown, President and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless.
Sergeant Steve Wick, a member of the Houston Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team and Mental Health Unit.
Tory Gunsolley, President and CEO of the Houston Housing Authority.

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