Houston, TX, April 11, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- During its 30 year anniversary luncheon, the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County recognized Houston Housing Authority (HHA) and its community partners for housing 487 of Houston’s homeless through its Housing Houston’s Heroes initiative. Coalition CEO Marilyn L. Brown credited HHA, the city’s housing department and Houston’s homeless support organizations for contributing to the 27 percent decrease in Houston’s homeless population since January 2011. Mark Thiele, V.P. of Housing Choice Voucher Program for HHA, accepted the award for Outstanding Collaborative Effort on behalf of HHA, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the numerous partners that worked so closely in Housing Houston’s Heroes.
“We are accomplishing together what we would not be able to do alone,” Thiele said. “It is truly a team effort that enables us to assist these homeless Houstonians and continue to house and provide them with supportive services.”
Housing Houston’s Heroes, an initiative that began on May 29, 2012, was aimed at housing 100 chronically homeless individuals or families, at least 60 of whom were veterans, in 100 days. HHA and its partners met that goal by housing 101 chronically homeless veterans. Currently, HHA and Harris County Housing Authority have housed 438 homeless veterans and an additional 49 chronically homeless Houstonians.
“We are honored that the Coalition decided to recognize us for our role in helping Houston’s homeless,” said Houston Housing Authority President & CEO Tory Gunsolley. “We are committed to ending homelessness in Houston and are thankful to work with great community partners who share our vision.”
Organizations participating in Housing Houston’s Heroes include the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the City of Houston’s Office of Veteran Affairs, the City of Houston Department of Housing and Community Development, Harris County Housing Authority, Harris County Community Services Department, SEARCH, the Housing Corporation, Career and Recovery Resources, Inc., Catholic Charities, Goodwill Industries, Neighborhood Centers, Inc., US Vets, Cloudbreak Communities, Healthcare for the Homeless, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority, the Houston Police Department and the Houston Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County.
The Houston Housing Authority provides affordable homes and services to more than 60,000 low-income Houstonians, including over 17,000 families housed through the Housing Choice Voucher Program and another 5,500 living in 25 public housing and tax credit developments around the city. HHA also administers the nation’s third largest voucher program exclusively serving homeless veterans. More information about HHA can be found at www.housingforhouston.com.