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Is the Issue of Veteran Homelessness in Houston Really Over?

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker, HUD Secretary Julian Castro, VA Secretary Robert McDonald, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez all gathered Monday to announce that chronic veteran homelessness in Houston is effectively over! But is that actually true? What does “effectively” mean? What are the caveats? We ask Mandy Chapman Semple from the mayor’s office and Tom […]

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Level 1 Trauma Centers and Patrice Pike: Thursday’s Show (June 4, 2015)

Posted on · Despite more than 250 layoffs, and a new policy limiting the patients Ben Taub General Hospital can handle in its ICU, Harris Health System is operating at a $14 million deficit this year. The reductions in service threaten Ben Taub’s long-term Level 1 trauma center designation. Ben Taub is one of just three such trauma centers […]

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OKRA Charity Saloon Gives 100% of Proceeds Away

Posted on · While Houston Restaurant Weeks, which we heard about last week on Houston Matters, continues throughout the month of August, it’s not the only example of restaurants banding together to support a community initiative. Back in 2009, a loose affiliation of like-minded restaurant and bar owners began commiserating about the need for what they characterize as […]