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  1. Covenant House Texas expanding services https://www.tmc.edu/news/2019/08/covenant-house-texas-expanding-services/
  2. https://www.virtualbx.com/construction-preview/houston-housing-authority-partners-with-california-developer-on-two-multifamily-projects/
  3. I assume it isn't related, but there is a building going up behind this on Girard St. near Harmony House (visible to the left of the photo bordered by the red construction fence, under the I-45 N to I-10 E ramp). Anyone know what is going on there?
  4. I wanted to touch on a topic that has been weighing heavy on my mind recently, and I'd like to hear peoples thoughts. It's ironic that I discovered both these posts today. First, I read a somewhat encouraging article from Houston Public Media about a 5% decline in the homeless population from 2018 to 2019. You can read more in the article here: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/city-of-houston/2019/05/15/333384/homelessness-down-5-in-houston/ . Obviously the stat on mental health spending was a little depressing, but to hear that Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery counties experienced a 54% decline in homelessness since 2011 was surprisingly positive news. But shortly after that I ventured over to the Houston Reddit to find a post entitled "Walked down Main St. from McGowen to Congress yesterday afternoon", which can be read here: Simply put, the post did not give me the warm fuzzies, especially since the area in question stretches all the way down Main Street. Sadly, I have seen the sights described in this thread, maybe not so much the smells, but definitely the sights. I've experienced the yelling, the drunkenness, and the tents/garbage lined up under the freeways. Downtown and Midtown are experiencing decent growth and development right now, yet the presence of the homeless continues to linger and in some cases grow. Certainly new development is helping clean some of these areas, but it seems as though these people simply relocate to other areas close by. For example, when I first moved to Houston in 2017, the entrance to 59 South from Richmond looked like any normal feeder. But for the past 6 months it has become overrun with garbage and filth, and this is right across from the Post 510 apartment complex. You can check the Yelp reviews for the place and see the problem is creating negative reviews from the tenants. This isn't the only complex experiencing the issue in the area, and I feel as though it will continue to keep people away from potentially relocating to Midtown and Downtown. But again, I want you guys to tell me your thoughts on the matter. What is the best course of action the city can take to curve this issue? Does anyone living in Midtown/Downtown echo these sentiments and have their own experiences to share? How will this impact the growth of Houston going forward?
  5. As homeless camps around Houston are 'decommissioned,' other U.S. cities look to copy the strategy
  6. per swamplot below is the link for more details http://swamplot.com/search-homeless-services-will-be-moving-from-midtown-to-this-new-building-in-east-downtown/2015-05-14/
  7. I'll update with current construction pictures when I'm back in town. " SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures, a nationally accredited early childhood education program, serves 32 toddler and preschool age children of homeless families, teaching them self-regulation, cognitive, and problem-solving skills while their parents are going back to school or work. Thanks to generous donations to SEARCH’s “Of Course We Can” capital campaign, the program will expand to serve 72 more students at the new Foshee Family House of Tiny Treasures in the Third Ward neighborhood " http://stylemagazine.com/news/2015/nov/19/search-homeless-services-expands-early-education-p/ http://www.searchhomeless.org/about/of-course-we-can/house-of-tiny-treasures/
  8. http://www.h2bengineers.com/healthcare-for-the-homeless.html
  9. I can't find another thread about this....please merge/delete this one if it already exists... Star of Hope to build new campus... http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2016/01/exclusive-houston-nonprofit-moves-forward-on.html?ana=twt http://www.sohmission.org/cornerstone-community
  10. Portion of the block bounded by Hutchins, Pease, Jefferson. Beyonce and her destinys child band mate Kelly Rowland built the Knowles-Rowland Temenos place 1 in Midtown. This is phase 2 and will offer twice as many units for the homeless and less fortunate. http://www.temenoscdc.org/temenos-phase-2/
  11. I drive by the intersection of Main and Richmond at least 3x a week for the past 3 or 4 years I had noticed an increase this winter with the number of homeless who used the benches at Peggy Point Plaza. Now there is a fence. I wondered if the increase of homeless was the reason behind fencing this park.
  12. I try to make it an effort to check out downtown a couple times a week, either by driving or taking the rail line and walking around. I am a huge supporter of the growth of downtown and like to get a pulse on what is happening and to check out the construction sites. Of course, I know there has always been a homeless problem downtown but on my two recent visits downtown I've seen more than normal...way more than normal. My last visit, I stopped into a downtown restaurant and a homeless person aggressively followed me to my car trying to get my attention. I know they are usually harmless but It seems like I am noticing more and more homeless in various parts of downtown. Another time this month, I took the train in and noticed that a group of homeless had gathered around the train station and were exchanging drugs. When the train arrived, they did not get on. Has there been a problem with homeless hanging out at the train stations with no intentions of actually using the transportation? Also, what is the city doing about this situation and what do people on this forum feel will happen with an increased residential component in most of downtown? I understand that there are a number of shelters downtown and I am OK with their presence, if they are seeking those services, but drug deals and aggressively going after downtown visitors is going to make some uneasy and sour their opinion of downtown.
  13. Volunteer for the 2014 Homeless Count Deadline to Register: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 How many people are homeless in Houston and who makes up this vulnerable population? How many are children? families? veterans? To help answer these questions, the City of Houston needs your help in supporting the annual Homeless Count conducted by the Coalition for the Homeless. Please participate in this important effort by volunteering for the Count! The 2014 Homeless Count will take place on Thursday, January 23, 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. and if needed, Thursday, January 30, 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., as a contingency count date. To register, simply fill out the registration form. Deadline to register is Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Once registered to volunteer, you will be assigned to one of the ten staging areas in Houston to count. On Thursday, January 16, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., required training will be available at all ten locations. Assignments are based on your preference and the volunteer need. To view the training staging areas, visit http://www.homelesshouston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2014-PIT-Staging-Area-List.pdf. The annual Homeless Count is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the local Continuum of Care funding process which brought more than $23,000,000 to our community in the 2013 fiscal year. The Homeless Count also helps measure the progress on ending homelessness in Houston and has documented a 28% decrease from January 2011 to January 2013. For information on how to participate in the Homeless Count, contact Gary Grier, Director of Community Engagement, Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County at ggrier@homelesshouston.org or call 832.531.6006. To learn more about the Mayor's Homeless Inititiatives, contact Anna Pena in the Mayor's Citizens' Assistance Office at anna.pena@houstontx.gov or call 832.393.0955.
  14. Volunteer For The 2013 Homeless Count How many people are homeless in Houston and who makes up this vulnerable population? How many are veterans, families and children? Please support the efforts of the Coalition for the Homeless by volunteering for the 2013 Homeless Count. Each year during the month of January, the Coalition for the Homeless and more than 200 of its agency/stakeholder partners assess homelessness in our community. Information gathered from the annual count helps provide the basis for federal, state and local funding to address this vital issue. In addition, Houston has been chosen to participate in a special federal pilot initiative to determine the extent of youth homelessness in our region. The 2013 Count will take place on Tuesday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 29, 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. For more information on volunteering visit http://houstonhomelesscount.org Once you have registered to volunteer, you will be assigned to one of the ten areas in Houston to count; assignments are based on your preference and the volunteer need. On Tuesday, January 15, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., training will be available at all ten locations. To view the training locations, visit http://www.homelesshouston.org and click under EVENTS. Training will also be available both nights of the actual count. For information on how to participate in the Homeless Count, contact Gary Grier, Director of Community Engagement, Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County at ggrier@homelesshouston.org or call 713.739.7514.To learn more about the Coalition for the Homeless of Houton/Harris County, visit http://www.homelesshouston.org. For more information about the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods, contact Anna Pena in the Mayor's Citizens' Assistance Office at anna.pena@houstontx.gov or call 832.393.0955. To learn more about the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods, visit www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods.
  15. Surprised this hasn't been posted yet, what with the lively 'discussions' that usually ensue regarding homeless/transients/panhandlers in Houston... http://blog.chron.com/houstonpolitics/2012/03/houston-wants-to-regulate-feeding-the-homeless/ more in the article. I know everywhere that I've heard this discussed, they make it sound like the people making/distributing the food will have to follow the same restrictions as other food prep and meet all codes restaurants meet. Personally, I don't see a problem with any of this, it just makes sense. The only part I don't agree with fully is the 'safety training class' if it's a nominal cost for the class, and a short class then I'm good with it, but if it's like a week long seminar that costs 10k to attend... it shouldn't be hard for these people to feed the homeless, and the more barriers that are there, the harder it will be, but if it's something easy for them to accomplish, I'm onboard. I'm absolutely onboard with the rules about private property.
  16. Facts about Voluntary Homeless Feeding Registration Program City of Houston Clarifies Misinformation Is the City of Houston trying to stop homeless food service? No! The City of Houston is trying to improve the quality, quantity and distribution of food for the homeless through training and coordination. Introduction: In the spring of 2012, the Houston City Council approved an ordinance establishing a voluntary program to coordinate outdoor food service operations for the homeless. The intent of the ordinance is threefold: 1. to improve the quality, quantity and distribution of food provided outdoors; 2. to expand the opportunities for the homeless to connect with service providers; and 3. to reduce the disproportionate environmental impact of food service operations on public and private property. The program consists of four basic steps: 1. Registration of the formal or informal food service organization. Registration includes contact information, proposed schedule, location and proposed food to be served. 2. Free food handling training for one or more members of the food service group provided by the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. The training also includes information from the Coalition for the Homeless about working with the homeless and referral information for additional services needed by the homeless. 3. The only mandatory step is a requirement to obtain owner consent before using either public or private property for food service of more than six people. This is required for both registered and non-registered food service operations. 4. Coordination of location and times of food service to maximize the distribution of food throughout the week. The ordinance was the result of months of discussion among various city departments, homeless service agencies, law enforcement, homeless food service organizations and private property owners and managers. To date, program managers at the Houston Department of Health and Human Services report: . 8 approved organizations/individuals (All eight of these groups are using city-owned property for their food service events.) . 11 pending organizations/individuals (awaiting property owner consent) . 18 organizations/individuals have made inquiries but have not submitted the Participation Form In addition, Mayor Annise Parker has designated the Central Houston Public Library Plaza , 500 McKinney , Houston 77002, as an approved charitable food service location for Food Not Bombs. Forms, procedures, the ordinance, class schedules and updated registrants can be found at <a href="http://www.houstontx.gov/health/Charitable/index.html"'>http://www.houstontx.gov/health/Charitable/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.houstontx.gov/health/Charitable/index.html Frequently Asked Questions: Why does the City of Houston want to register charitable food service of the homeless? First and foremost, the City of Houston wants to ensure that homeless individuals have sufficient wholesome food to meet their needs. Because of the previous lack of coordination, too much food was distributed on weekend mornings to certain locations over-serving a group of people while no food was available at other times of the day and days of the week. Hopefully, enough organizations will register and, through coordination, the city can improve the safety and availability of more food for the homeless. In addition to coordination, participants in the voluntary registration program commit to manage their litter. Why do I need permission to provide food on public property? Public property belongs to all of us and it needs to be shared equitably. Large scale or recurring activities of all kinds already require permission for use of public property. It is unlikely that a food service organization will be denied permission to use public property, but it may need to be coordinated with other public activities. Do I have to participate in the voluntary program if on private property? No. Food service activity conducted on one's own property is not covered by the ordinance. There is no penalty for food service operations outside of the voluntary registration program. However, all feeders, in or out of the voluntary registration program must obtain permission to operate on public or private property. Does anyone support this ordinance? Participants have been surprised to learn in some cases their food service activities were being duplicated and their food was being discarded by the homeless. Organizations attending the food service training classes report that they never realized how complicated the problem of homelessness was and they are grateful for the training about food and services. Participants have also recognized that the opportunities to provide food are not restricted to downtown; their services are also needed in other areas of the city and county. Organizations that conduct food service inside their facilities appreciate the coordination of volunteers and the fact that the volunteers are more informed about referral possibilities. The homeless themselves report more confidence in the safety of the food from the registered providers. Property managers in some of the hardest affected areas of town report slight improvements since the initiation of the program July 1, 2012. How do I get permission for use of City of Houston property? Contact Carolyn Gray at Carolyn.gray@houstontx.gov or call her at 832.393.5100.
  17. I received this email from COH council Houston has the largest homeless population in Texas and the 8th largest in the United States, with more than 40,000 people experiencing homelessness in Houston annually. Results of the 2011 Homeless Census and Needs Assessment indicate that over 13,500 people are homeless in our community at any point in time. In addition, school reports show that over 11,000 students attending schools in Harris County were homeless during the 2010-11 school year. The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County (CFTH) will conduct a countywide "Point in Time" count of the unsheltered homeless and need your help! The Homeless Count will take place on Tuesday, January 24 and Tuesday, January 31, 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Visit http://houstonhomelesscount.org to volunteer and for more information on this very important effort. For more information or to register, please contact: Gary Grier at ggrier@homelesshouston.org or 832-531-6006 The Point in Time count serves as the primary source of data locally and nationally to understand homelessness trends and to track progress on efforts to prevent and end homelessness for all communities. The count will be part of a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assess the extent and characteristics of homelessness across the country.
  18. Lawyer Harry C. Arthur is suing to shut down The Beacon homeless day center. His timing is unfortunate – people are painting him as a Grinch because the story was released around the Holidays – but Mr. Arthur has a point. It’s not politically correct to say it, but soup kitchens are horrible for neighborhoods. When the centers are open, they do not accommodate everyone who needs their services; so the homeless congregate outside. When the centers close, the homeless disperse into surrounding streets, to “urinate, defecate and drop trash in the street, sidewalks, doorways and other private property,” (as Mr. Arthur put it). There is an alternative. The New York Times talked about a homeless shelter in Bergen County New Jersey that “has more of the feel of a Courtyard by Marriott than of a homeless shelter.” It is designed to be a one-stop shop for the homeless; where they can get hot meals, medical care, job-placement, laundry, and all of that. But the priority is housing. Before anything else, Bergen County finds permanent homes for its clients. This is the “Housing First” model. Finding a place to live is a logical starting point to rebuilding a life. It’s difficult to get healthy, or keep a job when you’re worried about where you’ll sleep every night. Without an address you may as well not exist in America. And how can you go to a job interview if you can’t shower and clean your clothes first? “Housing First” also solves many of the neighborhood problems caused by day centers for the homeless. Because the clients live there, they don’t congregate outside or disperse into surrounding streets. There are beds, toilets, and trash cans that they can use, instead of sidewalks and doorways. Houston needs the Beacon, but Harry Arthur has a point, too. Maybe the Beacon could use the “Housing First” model– find homes for its clients instead of taking them in for a few hours, and then putting them back on the streets.
  19. So after viewing over and over again people and churches from Katy, Texas coming to my neighborhood and feeding the Feral Homeless. I've come up with a plan that not only teaches them a lesson but would be fun too. I've decided to open a 'Search' in the residential sector of Katy, Texas between West Park Toll and I-10. This would not only be a Search sub-quarter but a soup kitchen, homeless shelter and pretty much a Homeless Resort. I would invite all the homeless we could accommodate and give them free rides to the shelter. Once at the shelter everyone would get free food, free showers, and a nice outfit. The catch is I really need the support of the midtown residents. We should come together to really help these folks who can't help themselves. Every Sunday we will travel to Katy and bring lots and lots of food for all the homeless that we've collected at church and work. Won't it feel so good to think we are helping people in need. And the best part will be all the churches and Katy residents that feel the need to help the crack heads out won't have to travel all the way to my neighborhood to feel better about themselves. They'll be able to feed and cloth the homeless at home. Yeah, a perfect world............ This was written jokingly so no body get their panties in a wad. Have a Good Day!!!
  20. There is a homeless soup kitchen on Congress at St. Emanuel that is always surrounded by homeless on the weekends trying to get a meal. In addition, there are a lot of people hanging around the Star of Hope on Dowling at Harrisburg (and the empty lot in front of the building). Do you think, in time, after more development occurs in the EaDo area that these two establishments will stay where they are? Or do you think developers will force them to relocate due to higher property taxes, etc?
  21. I think we all know downtown Houstons biggest flaw and that is the bums. The bums dont really bother me at all, but I know people are afraid of them and they detract business and people from going downtown at night. Just the other day I was taking the train and right by Main Place there was a bum taking a leak on a metro rail bench with his thing just spraying it everywhere and another crazy bum was singing and jumping around on the railroad tracks. They are everywhere on Main Street and the north side, south side, and every side of downtown. My question is, what can be done to rid downtown of their presence? I know you cant just go around putting them in jails but there must be something to do. Chicago, NYC, and so on all have their own bum problems but out of all the cities in America Ive been to Houston has the biggest congregation of weird, abnormal, and disgusting bums who beg for change around every corner. If they werent there, or at least not as prevalent than downtown could really thrive. So, what can be done?
  22. I got this e-mail today from Wanda Adams' office (she's district D): ---------- Be sure to watch the 9 p.m. newscast of Fox 26 tonight as reporter Isiah Carey follows City Council Member Wanda Adams as she experiences first-hand what it's like to be one of Houston's 15,000 homeless residents. "Every day, we see the homeless on the street corners and sleeping on the sidewalks, but I wanted to see, with my own eyes, what it's like from their perspective," said Adams, who represents District D. "I wanted to show the public the bleakness of their situation so we can get a realistic view of how to address one of the gravest issues facing our city." Watch Council Member Adams, along with Shawn Manning, a minister who was once homeless, and staff member Kristopher Banks, as she asks passers-by for spare change and spends the night sleeping on a cardboard box outside on a chilly October night. Council Member Adams spent a total of 13 hours as a homeless person in order to demonstrate the difficulties and dangers the homeless face every night.
  23. Homeless facility threatened despite powerful support Some Eastwood residents oppose plans for project to house 220 http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headli...ro/5900326.html
  24. Here is a weird comment: I took visitors from Philadelphia to Downtown Houston on a Friday afternoon. They were amazed on how wide the sidewalks and streets. They also noted how clean Houston was. By the way, Discovery Green is a tourist asset. They loved the open space and lake. Then our topic went to the homeless population. They commented that Philadelphia is a haven for homeless. I tried to refute their point but I couldn't find a homeless person to show them. We went to Discovery Green and Main Street/Texas Avenue and City Hall/Library/Theater District/Shell area. Where do the homeless congregate in Houston now or are they banned from Downtown? I know we have some tough panhandling and quality of life laws that restrict their movement. Do we just ship them to Austin or San Francisco?
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