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Partnership Unites the Many Organizations that Help Houston’s Homeless

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mayor Sylvester Turner launched an initiative that encourages giving to organizations that assist the homeless — instead of giving to panhandlers. With downtown Houston as a backdrop, the mayor unveiled a billboard for a campaign called “Meaningful Change – Not Spare Change.” As News 88.7’s Florian Martin reported, the mayor said while Houstonians […]

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Helping the Homeless — Or Sanitizing Things for the Super Bowl?

Posted on · Addressing homelessness is an ongoing challenge in Greater Houston, but with the eyes of the nation on the Bayou City during the upcoming Super Bowl, are we likely to see increased attention paid to the city’s homeless initiatives? We ask Eva Thibaudeau, director of programs for Houston’s Coalition for the Homeless.

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Hundreds of Volunteers Turn Out For Homeless Count Across Greater Houston

Posted on · Last night, more than 500 volunteers took to the streets throughout Houston as part of an annual homeless count undertaken by the Coalition for the Homeless, to collect hard data about the number and characteristics of the area’s homeless community. That data is expected to be released in a few months. We learn about some of […]

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Homeless Count, No Kill Animal Shelters, and Zola Jesus: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Posted on · Last night, more than 500 volunteers took to the streets throughout Houston as part of an annual homeless count undertaken by the Coalition for the Homeless, to collect hard data about the number and characteristics of the area’s homeless community. That data is expected to be released in a few months. On this edition of Houston […]

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Why is Homelessness on the Rise in Montgomery County?

Posted on · According to the Coalition for the Homeless, on any given night this year in Houston, there have been more than 5,300 homeless people in the city, a significant decline over numbers calculated in 2011. While homelessness would seem to be declining in the city of Houston, it’s increasing in Montgomery County. We explore why with […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Passes, Car Break-ins, and Homelessness: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 29, 2014

Posted on · Houston’s City Council Wednesday passed the long-debated Equal Rights Ordinance, which extends equal rights protections to gay and transgender Houstonians. The vote had been delayed, in part, to offer more time for public comment, including some nine hours of discussion Wednesday. Ultimately, though, the council passed the ordinance by a vote of 11 to 6. Mayor […]