Houston was once on the list of ‘worst homeless cities in the country,’ but in the past decade, the city has made tremendous progress.
In the last ten years, they have focused on housing and finding affordable apartments across the city. They have since helped 25,000 homeless people off the streets and into housing.
The majority of the homeless people who were put into housing are still housed, thanks to the city’s services.
The city focuses on investing in these support services, and together with Harris County has made a $100 million investment to transition people from the street to permanent living arrangements.
While this is a great accomplishment in itself, Mayor Sylvester Turner wants more to be accomplished before his time in office is up. By the end of next year, he hopes to get the city to zero homelessness.
He says the key will be for more apartment managers to offer any available apartments to the project.
Some places, such as New Hope Housing on Harrisburg, have already partnered with the city to offer their units to the encampments.
The city will also open its second Navigation Center, where homeless people can go for a two to three month period before transitioning to housing.
The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston plays a big role in getting the homeless community into housing by uniting partners and maximizing resources.
“Our community is so fortunate to have direct service nonprofits working directly with people in crisis,” their website states. “The Coalition helps these partners by using data to make sure that the right number and kinds of housing and service programs are being implemented, that our community has the funding and other resources to implement these programs, and that everyone has a safe place to call home.”
Learn more about their efforts in the video below:Whizzco