Houston Surpasses Milestone In Fight Against Homelessness
Style Magazine Newswire | 12/29/2017, 8:01 a.m.
Mayor Sylvester Turner, staff and The Way Home announced that the goal to house 500 chronically homeless individuals in six months in the Houston area has been surpassed. Turner said that between March and August 2017, that homeless service agencies and hundreds of city staff members have helped place 548 chronically homeless individuals into permanent supportive housing programs. In March 2017, Turner announced a comprehensive and holistic approach to reducing homelessness, challenging the homeless response community to intensify efforts to permanently house the most vulnerable chronically homeless individuals on Houston's streets. At the center of this plan was The Way Home, the collaborative model comprised of more than 100 private nonprofits and public organizations that has reduced overall homelessness by 60 percent, and provided voluntary supportive services to help those individuals maintain their housing. The unprecedented collaboration of The Way Home partners helped paved the way for surpassing the goal, even in the face of major setbacks such as historic flooding and a federal freeze on housing vouchers.