New Initiative Tackles Poverty In Montgomery County

‘E3’ brings together different agencies to serve the low-income community

Janet Kasper, president of the Montgomery County Homeless Coalition, and Mike Temple, director of the Gulf Coast Workforce Solutions board, sign a memorandum of understanding on the E3 initiative on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

When the Food Bank left its downtown Conroe building in 2014, Montgomery County needed to find a new occupant with a similar mission.

That's because the building was remodeled with community development funds, which were tied to serving the low-income community.

"So we thought, what would that look like if we did kind of a one-stop for that type of work, where we're trying to establish stability for families and individuals," the past president of the Montgomery County Homeless Coalition, Nancy Heintz, said.

That's how E3 was born. It stands for “Equip, Educate, Empower” and brings together different agencies under one roof.

That includes Workforce Solutions, Lone Star College, Crisis Assistance Center and Volunteers of America, among others.

Their services range from education to financial literacy and job search assistance.

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Florian Martin

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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