I attended a meeting this weekend about Homelessness in Houston and the surrounding area. Our intent is to coordinate the numerous efforts that many churches and individuals in the Katy area are striving to do to help what appears to be a growing number of homeless people moving to the Katy area. The Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless was our guest speaker and what she shared with us was amazingly good news!
Houston now has a plan. The organization is “The Way Home” Changing the Path for Houston’s Homeless. It is government funded and their goals are impressive. By the end of 2015 their goal is to end Chronic Homelessness. (Chronic meaning the person has been living on the street for at least one entire year and is mentally disabled.) By the end of 2015 the goal is to end Veteran Homelessness, and by the end of 2020 the goal is to end Family Homelessness.
Each January the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) does a required Homeless count. In January of 2014 the count was 5,351. That is 5,351 too many but in reality, that number is down by 37% since 2011 and is 16% less from 2013.
Basically, the strategy is to identify and prioritize the most vulnerable in need of housing. Then, create access to Permanent Supportive Housing and link services such as job training and counseling to help people thrive.
If you wish to get involved in our Homeless Ministry at COTHA, please call me at 281-392-3310 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll make sure you’re contacted for our future meetings.
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40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’