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Houston Advocates For The Homeless Get Grant For Permanent Housing

Advocates say getting people off the streets and into permanent housing as quickly as possible is one of the best ways to keep people from becoming homeless again

Tory Gunsolley, president of Houston Housing Authority, speaks at a press conference on June 13, 2018.

Advocates for Houston’s homeless are trying to fast-track affordable and permanent housing.

A $300,000 grant is going to The Way Home, a network of service providers to the homeless, Houston Housing Authority, and CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing).

Getting people off the streets and into permanent housing as quickly as possible is one of the best ways to keep people from becoming homeless again, said Marilyn Brown, president Coalition for the Homeless. However, she said, that requires affordable housing to be accessible in the first place.

“We’ve identified gaps consistently from the start of remaking this system and this is the latest gap that as a system we were able to identify,” Tory Gunsolley, president of Houston Housing Authority said at a press conference. 

Houston has some of the lowest numbers of available affordable housing for extremely low-income households, according to government data reviewed by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition. The Way Home says they are trying to make units that are available more accessible by giving those in need of shelter better access to potential landlords.

“There’s a tremendous amount of affordable housing that can be accessed by homeless people with vouchers and other subsidy but we need landlords to stand with us and also be partners,” he said.

The grant, given by JPMorgan Chase, will fund a liaison with Houston Housing Authority to connect more landlords with people in need of affordable housing.

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General Assignments Reporter

Davis Land is a general assignment reporter for Houston Public Media. He cut his teeth at Atlantic Public Media/Transom.org in Woods Hole, MA and at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on various public radio programs and podcasts including Texas Standard, Here and Now, and Marketplace. Davis is a...

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