Description & History
The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead in the development and implementation of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness. The coalition is responsible for coordinating housing and services for homeless persons and families and those citizens who are at risk of homelessness. It is estimated that on any given night 10,000 people in Houston are homeless and many more are at risk including thousands of children.
The Goals of the Coalition include, but are not limited to, establishing, maintaining, providing and assisting those entities that serve the needs of people who are homeless though advocacy, education, information exchange, collection of current and accurate data relevant to homeless issues, identify gaps in homeless services and develop solutions to meet those needs, coordination of public and private resources, and dispensing information and referral sources to those that are homeless or at risk.
In 1982 at the request of then Harris County Judge Jon Lindsey and Houston Mayor Kathryn Whitmire, the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County (the Coalition) was founded by area homeless social services for an exploding number of people who were homeless that were emerging as a result of local economic deterioration. In 1988, the Coalition incorporated as a 501(c) 3.