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Understand The Boots I Walk In… Helping Homeless Vets Starts With Compassion, Communication and Giving Back

HOUSTON– Is thanking a veteran for his or her service good enough? For many homeless veterans, it simply is just not enough. Many hardly ever hear that special “Thank you” or feel part of the America they love, helped to defend and protect. While many Americans enjoy the benefits and freedoms of liberty in a free society, the high price paid for their sacrifices is to come back to struggle in a silent hell and loneliness called “Homelessness”.Homeless veterans are the truly “forgotten” men and women of this country. Of late, attention has been brought to the topic of homelessness in a bountiful prosperous America, but for one of these men or women spending one more night on the street is an unforgivable American embarrassment and a slap in the face of democracy. Houston’s new Homeless Encampment ordinance is considered to be a major step in a greater comprehensive plan to address the ongoing homelessness/mental illness issue. However, it appears to be a more unbalanced approach and a biased plan to get the homeless off streets, out of sight and out of mind while preserving Houston’s precious image. Lost in the argument is the homeless veteran whose voice has not been heard and is not a major priority in the fight.City leaders forget that there might not be a Houston, Texas were it not for the bravery, courage and heroic men and women who answered the call to protect life and liberty and preserve this freedom and democracy we hold dear or take for granted that has lasted over 245 years. It is high time for citizens who take freedom for granted to meet and know and understand the plight of these men and women. “Homelessness really is a complex issue and the path that leads veterans to homelessness is rarely straight forward and (it) requires a community commitment to provide a support network of services and resources to resolve it,” according to San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor Who Are Homeless Veterans? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night. Of those, 3,534 are chronically homeless and 1,768 are Texas veterans. Roughly 45% of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 10.4% and 3.4% of the U.S. veteran population, respectively. The majority are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. Also, about 11% of the total adult homeless population are veterans. About 1.4 million other veterans continue to be at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on homeless veterans’ issues, programs, legislation, federal funding streams and national policy issues, as well as interagency coordination of services and organizations providing direct services to homeless veterans. Homeless Veteran Demographics Nationally, the NCHV has a breakdown of the problem into the following categories: 13% of the homeless adult population are veterans 20% of the male homeless population are veterans 68% reside in principal cities 32% reside in suburban/rural areas 51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities 50% have serious mental illness 70% have substance abuse problems 51% are white males, compared to 38% of non-veterans 50% are age 51 or older, compared to 19% non-veterans America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone. According to the city’s plan, it allegedly will provide low level shelters as a temporary solution while identifying permanent supportive housing solutions, addressing mental healthcare and the necessary treatment by trying to bring back facilities dedicated to their specific needs, and make sure that the homeless have holistic guidance to provide additional assistance throughout this transitioning process. However, city leaders in Houston, Dallas and Austin need a deeper understanding of the plight of the veteran, not just politics and feel good window dressing when it comes to the homeless and veterans. Why Are Veterans Homeless? In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness – extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks. Additionally, military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment. The Houston Motive ?– A top priority for homeless veterans is secure, safe, clean housing that offers a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol. The Houston ordinance appears more pushy and political than passionate about solving homeless problem – and troubled veterans are trapped and caught in the middle of the mess. It was presented after some area residents complained about aggressive panhandling and other activity on the street, which they found to be a public safety hazard. Others also raised issues about how the encampments detract from the image of their communities and the city. According to goals in Houston, official hope to house 500 homeless people within six months; add 215 shelter beds once a new Star of Hope shelter on Reed Road is complete; and create supervised outdoor shelters that would have restroom facilities, for up to 75 stubborn folks who don’t want to go to places like Star of Hope or the Salvation Army. On the flip side, it would also appears to stipulate and criminalize being homeless on the streets without a permit, punishable with a fine of up to $500 — and possibly resulting in warrants being issued for homeless people’s arrests for failure to pay those fines or appear in court. The city appears to be trying to strike a non-harmonic chord with the ordinance between safety, for the homeless people, agencies and helpers and the surrounding neighborhoods where the homeless still congregate. Tristia Bauman, a senior attorney for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, expressed concern recently over the ordinance, stating that it unfairly punishes those who are facing hard times. “This law as written is constitutionally concerning, and I think it’s very vulnerable to legal challenge,” she said in a recent response to the ordinance. “To create a punishment for people who are attempting to survive on the street when they have no alternative is a violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.” What Services Do Homeless Veterans Need? Homeless veterans need a coordinated effort that provides secure housing and nutritional meals; essential physical health care, substance abuse aftercare and mental health counseling; and personal development and empowerment. Veterans also need job assessment, training and placement assistance. NCHV strongly believes that all programs to assist homeless veterans must focus on helping veterans reach the point where they can obtain and sustain gainful employment. If not, clients will be unable to find and maintain safe, decent, permanent housing. What Seems To Work Best? The most effective programs for homeless and at-risk veterans are community-based, nonprofit, “veterans helping veterans” groups. Programs that seem to work best feature transitional housing with the camaraderie of living in structured, substance-free environments with fellow veterans who are succeeding at bettering themselves. Government money, while important, is limited, and available services are often at capacity. It is critical, therefore, that community groups reach out to help provide the support, resources and opportunities that most Americans take for granted: housing, employment and health care. Veterans who participate in collaborative programs are afforded more services and have higher chances of becoming tax-paying, productive citizens again. Who is Really Helping Homeless Veterans? The most effective programs for homeless and at-risk veterans are community-based, nonprofit, “veterans helping veterans” groups. Programs that seem to work best feature transitional housing that offers the camaraderie of living in structured, substance-free environments with fellow veterans who are successfully regaining control of their lives. Government money for homeless veterans is limited and VA serves less than half of this population, it is critical that community groups reach out to help provide the support, resources and opportunities most Americans take for granted: employment, housing and health care.Power of Partnership over Politics San Antonio city leaders are a definitive and genuine model for helping Homeless Warriors According to SAMMinistries, at the time of their effort to attack the issue, there were approximately 2,781 homeless individuals living on San Antonio streets. Haven for Hope data states that 29 out of every 10,000 veterans are homeless. In January 2015, Mayor Ivy Taylor committed to the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, which pushes a “functional zero” goal: every veteran in the city has access to permanent housing and the community has the resources to rapidly stabilize any veterans on the brink of homelessness. San Antonio is one of more than 850 communities across the nation that participate in the initiative. Twenty-three other communities and two states have achieved the functional zero goal. National veteran homelessness has decreased by 36% between 2010 and 2015. Through the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness initiative, more than 1,335 local homeless veterans were moved into permanent housing, Taylor said, including 123 chronically homeless veterans who experienced severe barriers to housing stability. “Reaching the virtual zero goal, does not necessarily mean that there will no longer be any veterans living on San Antonio streets…That’s not the point of the effort,” she said. “The point of the effort is that we have come together as a community to really make a huge difference. … We all have to be vigilant. We’ll continue to work, but now we know that as a coalition and a community that we can do it.” San Antonio example demonstrates how to accomplish a mission accomplished through collaborative efforts among the City, several nonprofit organizations, and business sector partners. Some of those at the time included the work of local organizations like South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH), Haven for Hope, SAMMinistries, and Family Endeavors, along with the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System, the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, the San Antonio Housing Authority and the Housing Authority of Bexar County provided special outreach and engagement, housing placement, rapid identification of homeless individuals, and other supportive services to veterans across the region. Currently, over 2,100 community-based homeless veteran service providers across the country and many other homeless assistance programs that have demonstrated impressive success reaching homeless veterans. These groups are most successful when they work in collaboration with federal, state and local government agencies; other homeless providers; and veteran service organizations. Veterans who participate in these programs have a higher chance of becoming tax-paying, productive citizens again. Also, NCHV reports that each year, the VA’s specialized homelessness programs provides health care to almost 150,000 homeless veterans and other services to more than 112,000 veterans. Additionally, more than 40,000 homeless veterans receive compensation or pension benefits each month. Since 1987, VA’s programs for homeless veterans have emphasized collaboration with such community service providers to help expand services to more veterans in crisis. The VA is also using its own resources or in partnerships with others, has secured nearly 15,000 residential rehabilitative and transitional beds and more than 30,000 permanent beds for homeless veterans throughout the nation. These partnerships are credited with reducing the number of homeless veterans by 70% since 2005. What can I do to help a Homeless Veteran? “There are limitless opportunities to improve and expand the services available to help homeless veterans, either as an individual or as a member of a group or organization,” said Randy Brown Director of Communications, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. “The most effective assistance is provided by community-based organizations that work within local networks offering a range of services from housing to continuing case management and counseling as the veteran proceeds through a plan focused on his individual circumstances leading to self-sufficiency.” Brown said focus efforts on supporting the homeless veteran service providers in your community, or becoming an active advocate to make sure veterans receive an appropriate share of the resources that are available to address and prevent homelessness in your area. One of the first steps is to determine the needs in your community by visiting with homeless veteran service providers or contacting the mayor’s office for a list of providers. Other more common ways to help homeless veterans are: · Support emergency shelters – Donate personal care items, clothing (new underwear, socks and T-shirts are always needed) and food, or make cash contributions. · Volunteer as mentors, counselors or legal aides – Homeless veterans in transitional or supportive permanent housing often need help with learning basic life and social skills, employment training and placement, mental health or substance abuse counseling, and help with legal problems. · Raise funds for programs – Contact churches, civic and business groups, schools, and veterans service organizations for contributions, or a share of proceeds from community events. Large corporations in your area may agree to an employee matching program. Involve the local media to ensure benefactors are recognized for their support of America’s veterans. · Volunteer at Stand Down programs – These are one- to three-day events that give homeless veterans a secure, community-like retreat to receive healthcare and personal hygiene services, food, clothing, housing and employment referrals, and VA benefits counseling – all in one location. For a list of upcoming Stand Down programs, visit http://nchv.org/index.php/service/service/stand_down/.Participate in local homeless coalitions. Contact your elected officials to discuss what is being done in your community for homeless veterans. Houston Council Member Dwight Boykins said the City Council discussed effective ways of combatting not just the encampment issues but solutions to eliminating homelessness and getting them the help that they need. Boykins said he continues to be dedicated to finding solutions and building bridges with those who can help the homeless. By: Darwin Campbell Help for Homeless Veterans Across Texas West Central Texas Regional Foundation CONTACT ADDRESS 3702 Loop 322 CITY Abilene STATE TX ZIP 79602 PHONE 325-672-8544 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.wctcog.org/wctcog/rf_index.php West Central Texas Regional Foundation CONTACT ADDRESS 3702 Loop 322 CITY Abilene STATE TX ZIP 79602 PHONE 325-672-8544 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.wctcog.org/wctcog/rf_index.php Brazoria County Veteran Service Office CONTACT John Jerabeck ADDRESS 451 N. Velasco St. Suite 120 CITY Angleton STATE TX ZIP 77515 PHONE 979-864-1289 EMAIL johnj@brazoria-county.com WEBSITE http://brazoria-county.com/veterans/ Caritas of Austin CONTACT ADDRESS 611 Neches Street CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78701 PHONE 512-472-4135 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.caritasofaustin.org Center Point, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 2101 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road, CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78741 PHONE 512-297-2990 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.cpinc.org/ Community Partnership for the Homeless CONTACT Christa Noland ADDRESS 1503 S. IH-35 CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78741 PHONE 512-469-9130 EMAIL WEBSITE Green Doors CONTACT Frank Fernandez ADDRESS 1503 South IH 35 CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78741 PHONE 512-469-9130 EMAIL FFernandez@greendoors.org WEBSITE http://www.greendoors.org Texas Homeless Network CONTACT Ken Martin ADDRESS 1713 Fortview Rd. CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78704 PHONE 512-482-8270 EMAIL ken@thn.org WEBSITE http://www.thn.org Texas Veterans Commission – Austin CONTACT Thomas Palladino ADDRESS 1700 North Congress Avenue, Suite 800 CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78701 PHONE 512-463-6564 EMAIL ExecutiveOffice@tvc.state.tx.us WEBSITE http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/ Neighborhood Centers Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 4500 Bissonnet, Suite 200 CITY Bellaire STATE TX ZIP 77401 PHONE 713-667-9400 EMAIL nci.info@Neighborhood-Centers.org WEBSITE http://iamforgood.org American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 1555 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 215 CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75235 PHONE 214-379-7377 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/ Carr P. Collins Social Service Center CONTACT Lieutenant Patrick Jones ADDRESS 6500 Harry Hines Blvd. CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75235 PHONE 214-956-6025 EMAIL Patrick_Jones@uss.salvationarmy.org WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmydfw.org/ Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance CONTACT Jay Dunn ADDRESS 1818 Corsicana CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75201 PHONE 214-670-1101 EMAIL jdunn@MDHADallas.org WEBSITE http://www.mdhatx.net/ Salvation Army, Texas Divisional Headquarters CONTACT ADDRESS 6500 Harry Hines Blvd CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75235 PHONE 214-956-6000 EMAIL texinfo@uss.salvationarmy.org WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/ The Bridge CONTACT ADDRESS 1818 Corsicana CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75201 PHONE 214-670-1101 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.bridgenorthtexas.org Union Gospel Mission CONTACT ADDRESS 3211 Irving Blvd CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75247 PHONE 214-637-6117 EMAIL WEBSITE Urban League of Greater Dallas & North Central Texas, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 4315 South Lancaster Road CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75216 PHONE 214-915-4600 EMAIL WEBSITE http://ulgdnctx.com Aliviane, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS P.O. Box 371710 CITY El Paso STATE TX ZIP 79937 PHONE 915-782-4000 EMAIL info@aliviane.org WEBSITE http://www.aliviane.org/ Aliviane, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 1111 Barranca, Suite 800 CITY El Paso STATE TX ZIP 79935 PHONE 915-782-4000 EMAIL info@aliviane.org WEBSITE http://www.aliviane.org/ El Paso Coalition for the Homeless CONTACT ADDRESS 6044 Gateway East, Suite 211 CITY El Paso STATE TX ZIP 79905 PHONE 915-843-2170 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.ephomelesscoalition.org/ El Paso County, Veterans Assistance Office CONTACT Michael Flores ADDRESS 4641 Cohen Avenue, Suite D CITY El Paso STATE TX ZIP 79924 PHONE 915-759-7990 EMAIL Miflores@epcounty.com WEBSITE http://www.co.el-paso.tx.us/veterans/ Ethos Educational Services CONTACT Dayna Romanick ADDRESS 1220 Lomaland Drive CITY El Paso STATE TX ZIP 79907 PHONE 512-300-2245 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.excel.edu Opportunity Center for the Homeless CONTACT Raymond Tullilus ADDRESS 1208 Myrtle Ave. CITY El Paso STATE TX ZIP 79901 PHONE 915-577-0069 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.homelessopportunitycenter.org/default.aspx Veterans Transitional Living Center CONTACT David Herman ADDRESS P.O. Box 79904 CITY El Paso STATE TX ZIP 79901 PHONE 915-759-8229 EMAIL WEBSITE Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande CONTACT Lorenzo Reyes ADDRESS 221 N. Kansas, Suite 1000 CITY El Paso STATE TX ZIP 79901 PHONE 915-772-2002 ext- 204 EMAIL lorenzo.reyes@urgwdb.org WEBSITE http://www.urgjobs.com American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 4200 S. Fwy, Suite 616 CITY Fort Worth STATE TX ZIP 76115 PHONE 817-289-0055 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/ Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 249 West Thornhill Drive CITY Fort Worth STATE TX ZIP 76115 PHONE 817-534-0814 EMAIL infocatholiccharities@ccdofw.org WEBSITE http://www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org/ Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County CONTACT ADDRESS 3840 Hulen Street, Tower North CITY Fort Worth STATE TX ZIP 76107 PHONE 817-569-4300 EMAIL WEBSITE Presbyterian Night Shelter CONTACT Toby Owen ADDRESS 2400 Cypress St CITY Fort Worth STATE TX ZIP 76102 PHONE 817-632-7400 EMAIL towen@pns-tc.org WEBSITE http://www.pns-tc.org/ American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 2600 S Loop W, #630 CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77054 PHONE 713-666-4796 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/ Black United Fund of Texas (BUFTX) CONTACT Lynette Jones ADDRESS 5407 Chenevert CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77004 PHONE 713-524-5767 EMAIL buftx@buftx.org WEBSITE http://www.buftx.org/ Career and Recovery Resources CONTACT ADDRESS 2403 Caroline CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77004 PHONE 713-754-7000 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.careerandrecovery.org/ Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 2525 San Jacinto CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77002 PHONE 713-754-7000 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.careerandrecovery.org Coalition for the Homeless – Houston/Harris County CONTACT Connie Boyd ADDRESS 600 Jefferson St., Suite 2050 CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77002 PHONE 832-531-6007 EMAIL cboyd@homelesshouston.org WEBSITE http://www.homelesshouston.org Communities of Tomorrow for Economic Redevelopment CONTACT James J. McLaughlin ADDRESS 2606 Gregg St CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77026 PHONE 713-539-9409 EMAIL askrev1st@yahoo.com WEBSITE http://www.faithdrugrehab.com/ Communities of Tomorrow for Economic Redevelopment CONTACT James J. McLaughlin ADDRESS 2606 Gregg St CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77026 PHONE 713-539-9409 EMAIL askrev1st@yahoo.com WEBSITE http://www.faithdrugrehab.com/ Forest Lawn Missionary Baptist Church CONTACT ADDRESS 8101 Wileyvale Rd CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77016 PHONE 713-631-0976 EMAIL WEBSITE Goodwill Industries of Houston CONTACT ADDRESS 3121 San Jacinto St. CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77004 PHONE EMAIL WEBSITE Goodwill Industries of Houston CONTACT Ms. Vivian Bush ADDRESS 10795 Hammerly Boulevard CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77043 PHONE 713-699-6728 EMAIL v_bush@goodwillhouston.org WEBSITE http://www.goodwillhouston.org/ Houston Launch Pad CONTACT ADDRESS 2636 S. Loop W. CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77054 PHONE EMAIL WEBSITE Legacy Community Health Services – Comm. Hlth Cntr CONTACT Jack Parker ADDRESS 1415 California Street CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77006 PHONE 713-830-3000 EMAIL info@legacycommunityhealth.org WEBSITE http://www.legacycommunityhealth.org/ Legacy Community Health Services – Lyons Ave. Cntr CONTACT Zac Preston ADDRESS 5602 Lyons Avenue CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77020 PHONE 713-671-3041 EMAIL info@legacycommunityhealth.org WEBSITE http://www.legacycommunityhealth.org/ Legacy Community Health Services – Wellness Srvcs CONTACT Katy Caldwell ADDRESS 3311 Richmond Avenue, Suite 100 CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77098 PHONE 713-830-3000 EMAIL kcaldwell@legacycommunityhealth.org WEBSITE http://www.legacycommunityhealth.org/ Narconon CONTACT Cleo Glenn-Johnson ADDRESS 1051 Cottage Oak Lane CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77091 PHONE 832-890-4130 EMAIL cleo@busftx.org WEBSITE New Hope Housing, Inc. CONTACT Joy Horak-Brown ADDRESS 1117 Texas Avenue CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77002 PHONE 713-222-0290 EMAIL info@newhopehousing.com WEBSITE http://www.newhopehousing.com/ Salvation Army – Houston, TX (Area Command) CONTACT ADDRESS 1500 Austin Street CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77002 PHONE 713-752-0677 EMAIL tsa_houston@uss.salvationarmy.org WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmyhouston.org/ Salvation Army, a Georgia Corporation CONTACT ADDRESS 1500 Austin Street CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77002 PHONE 770-441-6200 EMAIL GeorgiaDivision@uss.salvationarmy.org WEBSITE http://salvationarmygeorgia.org Santa Maria Hostel, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 2005 Jacquelyn Drive CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77055 PHONE 713-957-2413 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.santamariahostel.org/ SEARCH Homeless Services CONTACT ADDRESS 2505 Fannin Street CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77002 PHONE 713-739-7752 EMAIL info@searchhomeless.org WEBSITE http://www.searchproject.org/ The Housing Corporation of Greater Houston CONTACT ADDRESS 2211 Norfolk, Suite 740 CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77098 PHONE (713) 526-9470 EMAIL houscorp@aol.com WEBSITE http://www.houscorp.com/ The Houston Launch Pad CONTACT Prentice Goods ADDRESS 11810 Bay Cedar Drive (Main Office); 2616 South Loop West, Ste. 504 (Satellite); CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77048 PHONE 713-738-8565 or 713-526-6299 (Main Office); 713-661-8882 (Satellite) EMAIL pgoods@prodigy.net WEBSITE http://www.houstonlaunchpad.i8.com/ United States Veterans Initiative – Houston CONTACT Tom Mitchell ADDRESS 4640 Main Street CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77002 PHONE 832-203-1626 EMAIL tmitchell@usvetsinc.org WEBSITE http://www.usvetsinc.org/houston/ Families in Crisis, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 1305 East Rancier Avenue CITY Killeen STATE TX ZIP 76541 PHONE 254-634-1184 EMAIL WEBSITE http://familiesincrisis.net/ Sabine Valley Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Center CONTACT ADDRESS 107 Woodbine Place CITY Longview STATE TX ZIP 75601 PHONE 800-832-1009 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhcommunity/LPND/LMHAs/community-healthcore_fmr-sabine-valley.shtm Goodwill Industries of Houston, Inc. CONTACT Vivian Bush ADDRESS 1140 West Loop North CITY North STATE TX ZIP 77055 PHONE 713-699-6728 EMAIL v_bush@goodwillhouston.org WEBSITE http://www.goodwillhouston.org/ American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 611 N. Flores St., Suite 200 CITY San Antonio STATE TX ZIP 78205 PHONE 877-562-4838 EMAIL giforum@agif-nvop.org WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/ American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc. CONTACT Carlos Martinez ADDRESS 611 N. Flores Street, Suite 200 CITY San Antonio STATE TX ZIP 78205 PHONE 210-223-4088 EMAIL cmartinez@agif-nvop.org WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/ Family Endeavors, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 535 Bandera Road CITY San Antonio STATE TX ZIP 78228 PHONE 210-431-6466 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.familyendeavors.org Family Endeavors, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 535 Bandera Road CITY San Antonio STATE TX ZIP 78228 PHONE 210-431-6466 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.familyendeavors.org San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries CONTACT Navarra Williams ADDRESS 5254 Blanco Road CITY San Antonio STATE TX ZIP 78216 PHONE 210-340-0302 EMAIL nwilliams@samm.org WEBSITE http://www.samm.org Vocational Training Institute CONTACT Tom Higgins ADDRESS 3218 Northwestern Drive CITY San Antonio STATE TX ZIP 78238 PHONE 512-300-2245 EMAIL Tom@JobReadyTraining.com WEBSITE Southeast Area Ministries CONTACT ADDRESS 2102 Houston Blvd [Hwy 3, Galveston Rd] CITY South Houston STATE TX ZIP 77587 PHONE 713-944-0093 EMAIL Southeministries@sbcglobal.net WEBSITE http://www.southeastareaministries.com/ Salvation Army – Tyler, TX CONTACT ADDRESS P.O. Box 2050 CITY Tyler STATE TX ZIP 75710 PHONE 903-592-4361 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmytyler.org/ Heart of Texas Region Mental Health Mental Retardation CONTACT ADDRESS 110 South 12th Street CITY Waco STATE TX ZIP 76701 PHONE 254-752-3451 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.hotrmhmr.org/ Help for Homeless Veterans Across Texas West Central Texas Regional Foundation CONTACT ADDRESS 3702 Loop 322 CITY Abilene STATE TX ZIP 79602 PHONE 325-672-8544 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.wctcog.org/wctcog/rf_index.php West Central Texas Regional Foundation CONTACT ADDRESS 3702 Loop 322 CITY Abilene STATE TX ZIP 79602 PHONE 325-672-8544 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.wctcog.org/wctcog/rf_index.php Brazoria County Veteran Service Office CONTACT John Jerabeck ADDRESS 451 N. Velasco St. Suite 120 CITY Angleton STATE TX ZIP 77515 PHONE 979-864-1289 EMAIL johnj@brazoria-county.com WEBSITE http://brazoria-county.com/veterans/ Caritas of Austin CONTACT ADDRESS 611 Neches Street CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78701 PHONE 512-472-4135 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.caritasofaustin.org Center Point, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 2101 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road, CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78741 PHONE 512-297-2990 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.cpinc.org/ Community Partnership for the Homeless CONTACT Christa Noland ADDRESS 1503 S. IH-35 CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78741 PHONE 512-469-9130 EMAIL WEBSITE Green Doors CONTACT Frank Fernandez ADDRESS 1503 South IH 35 CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78741 PHONE 512-469-9130 EMAIL FFernandez@greendoors.org WEBSITE http://www.greendoors.org Texas Homeless Network CONTACT Ken Martin ADDRESS 1713 Fortview Rd. CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78704 PHONE 512-482-8270 EMAIL ken@thn.org WEBSITE http://www.thn.org Texas Veterans Commission – Austin CONTACT Thomas Palladino ADDRESS 1700 North Congress Avenue, Suite 800 CITY Austin STATE TX ZIP 78701 PHONE 512-463-6564 EMAIL ExecutiveOffice@tvc.state.tx.us WEBSITE http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/ Neighborhood Centers Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 4500 Bissonnet, Suite 200 CITY Bellaire STATE TX ZIP 77401 PHONE 713-667-9400 EMAIL nci.info@Neighborhood-Centers.org WEBSITE http://iamforgood.org American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 1555 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 215 CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75235 PHONE 214-379-7377 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/ Carr P. Collins Social Service Center CONTACT Lieutenant Patrick Jones ADDRESS 6500 Harry Hines Blvd. CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75235 PHONE 214-956-6025 EMAIL Patrick_Jones@uss.salvationarmy.org WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmydfw.org/ Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance CONTACT Jay Dunn ADDRESS 1818 Corsicana CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75201 PHONE 214-670-1101 EMAIL jdunn@MDHADallas.org WEBSITE http://www.mdhatx.net/ Salvation Army, Texas Divisional Headquarters CONTACT ADDRESS 6500 Harry Hines Blvd CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75235 PHONE 214-956-6000 EMAIL texinfo@uss.salvationarmy.org WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/ The Bridge CONTACT ADDRESS 1818 Corsicana CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75201 PHONE 214-670-1101 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.bridgenorthtexas.org Union Gospel Mission CONTACT ADDRESS 3211 Irving Blvd CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75247 PHONE 214-637-6117 EMAIL WEBSITE Urban League of Greater Dallas & North Central Texas, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 4315 South Lancaster Road CITY Dallas STATE TX ZIP 75216 PHONE 214-915-4600 EMAIL WEBSITE http://ulgdnctx.com Aliviane, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS P.O. Box 371710 CITY El Paso STATE TX ZIP 79937 PHONE 915-782-4000 EMAIL info@aliviane.org WEBSITE http://www.aliviane.org/ Aliviane, Inc. 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CONTACT ADDRESS 249 West Thornhill Drive CITY Fort Worth STATE TX ZIP 76115 PHONE 817-534-0814 EMAIL infocatholiccharities@ccdofw.org WEBSITE http://www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org/ Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County CONTACT ADDRESS 3840 Hulen Street, Tower North CITY Fort Worth STATE TX ZIP 76107 PHONE 817-569-4300 EMAIL WEBSITE Presbyterian Night Shelter CONTACT Toby Owen ADDRESS 2400 Cypress St CITY Fort Worth STATE TX ZIP 76102 PHONE 817-632-7400 EMAIL towen@pns-tc.org WEBSITE http://www.pns-tc.org/ American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 2600 S Loop W, #630 CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77054 PHONE 713-666-4796 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/ Black United Fund of Texas (BUFTX) CONTACT Lynette Jones ADDRESS 5407 Chenevert CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77004 PHONE 713-524-5767 EMAIL buftx@buftx.org WEBSITE http://www.buftx.org/ Career and Recovery Resources CONTACT ADDRESS 2403 Caroline CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77004 PHONE 713-754-7000 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.careerandrecovery.org/ Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. CONTACT ADDRESS 2525 San Jacinto CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77002 PHONE 713-754-7000 EMAIL WEBSITE http://www.careerandrecovery.org Coalition for the Homeless – Houston/Harris County CONTACT Connie Boyd ADDRESS 600 Jefferson St., Suite 2050 CITY Houston STATE TX ZIP 77002 PHONE 832-531-6007 EMAIL cboyd@homelesshouston.org WEBSITE http://www.homelesshouston.org Communities of Tomorrow for Economic Redevelopment CONTACT James J. 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HOUSTON– Is thanking a veteran for his or her service good enough?
For many homeless veterans, it simply is just not enough.
Many hardly ever hear that special “Thank you” or feel part of the America they love, helped to defend and protect.
While many Americans enjoy the benefits and freedoms of liberty in a free society, the high price paid for their sacrifices is to come back to struggle in a silent hell and loneliness called “Homelessness”.
Homeless veterans are the truly “forgotten” men and women of this country.
Of late, attention has been brought to the topic of homelessness in a bountiful prosperous America, but for one of these men or women spending one more night on the street is an unforgivable American embarrassment and a slap in the face of democracy.
Houston’s new Homeless Encampment ordinance is considered to be a major step in a greater comprehensive plan to address the ongoing homelessness/mental illness issue.
However, it appears to be a more unbalanced approach and a biased plan to get the homeless off streets, out of sight and out of mind while preserving Houston’s precious image.
Lost in the argument is the homeless veteran whose voice has not been heard and is not a major priority in the fight.
City leaders forget that there might not be a Houston, Texas were it not for the bravery, courage and heroic men and women who answered the call to protect life and liberty and preserve this freedom and democracy we hold dear or take for granted that has lasted over 245 years.
It is high time for citizens who take freedom for granted to meet and know and understand the plight of these men and women.
“Homelessness really is a complex issue and the path that leads veterans to homelessness is rarely straight forward and (it) requires a community commitment to provide a support network of services and resources to resolve it,” according to San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor

Who Are Homeless Veterans?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night.
Of those, 3,534 are chronically homeless and 1,768 are Texas veterans.
Roughly 45% of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 10.4% and 3.4% of the U.S. veteran population, respectively.
The majority are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. Also, about 11% of the total adult homeless population are veterans.
About 1.4 million other veterans continue to be at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on homeless veterans’ issues, programs, legislation, federal funding streams and national policy issues, as well as interagency coordination of services and organizations providing direct services to homeless veterans.
Homeless Veteran Demographics Nationally, the NCHV has a breakdown of the problem into the following categories:
13% of the homeless adult population are veterans
20% of the male homeless population are veterans
68% reside in principal cities
32% reside in suburban/rural areas
51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities
50% have serious mental illness
70% have substance abuse problems
51% are white males, compared to 38% of non-veterans
50% are age 51 or older, compared to 19% non-veterans
America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone.
According to the city’s plan, it allegedly will provide low level shelters as a temporary solution while identifying permanent supportive housing solutions, addressing mental healthcare and the necessary treatment by trying to bring back facilities dedicated to their specific needs, and make sure that the homeless have holistic guidance to provide additional assistance throughout this transitioning process.
However, city leaders in Houston, Dallas and Austin need a deeper understanding of the plight of the veteran, not just politics and feel good window dressing when it comes to the homeless and veterans.

Why Are Veterans Homeless?
In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness – extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks.
Additionally, military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment.

The Houston Motive ?–
A top priority for homeless veterans is secure, safe, clean housing that offers a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.
The Houston ordinance appears more pushy and political than passionate about solving homeless problem – and troubled veterans are trapped and caught in the middle of the mess.
It was presented after some area residents complained about aggressive panhandling and other activity on the street, which they found to be a public safety hazard. Others also raised issues about how the encampments detract from the image of their communities and the city.
According to goals in Houston, official hope to house 500 homeless people within six months; add 215 shelter beds once a new Star of Hope shelter on Reed Road is complete; and create supervised outdoor shelters that would have restroom facilities, for up to 75 stubborn folks who don’t want to go to places like Star of Hope or the Salvation Army.
On the flip side, it would also appears to stipulate and criminalize being homeless on the streets without a permit, punishable with a fine of up to $500 — and possibly resulting in warrants being issued for homeless people’s arrests for failure to pay those fines or appear in court.
The city appears to be trying to strike a non-harmonic chord with the ordinance between safety, for the homeless people, agencies and helpers and the surrounding neighborhoods where the homeless still congregate.
Tristia Bauman, a senior attorney for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, expressed concern recently over the ordinance, stating that it unfairly punishes those who are facing hard times.
“This law as written is constitutionally concerning, and I think it’s very vulnerable to legal challenge,” she said in a recent response to the ordinance. “To create a punishment for people who are attempting to survive on the street when they have no alternative is a violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.”

What Services Do Homeless Veterans Need?
Homeless veterans need a coordinated effort that provides secure housing and nutritional meals; essential physical health care, substance abuse aftercare and mental health counseling; and personal development and empowerment. Veterans also need job assessment, training and placement assistance. NCHV strongly believes that all programs to assist homeless veterans must focus on helping veterans reach the point where they can obtain and sustain gainful employment. If not, clients will be unable to find and maintain safe, decent, permanent housing.

What Seems To Work Best?
The most effective programs for homeless and at-risk veterans are community-based, nonprofit, “veterans helping veterans” groups. Programs that seem to work best feature transitional housing with the camaraderie of living in structured, substance-free environments with fellow veterans who are succeeding at bettering themselves.
Government money, while important, is limited, and available services are often at capacity. It is critical, therefore, that community groups reach out to help provide the support, resources and opportunities that most Americans take for granted: housing, employment and health care. Veterans who participate in collaborative programs are afforded more services and have higher chances of becoming tax-paying, productive citizens again.

Who is Really Helping Homeless Veterans?

The most effective programs for homeless and at-risk veterans are community-based, nonprofit, “veterans helping veterans” groups. Programs that seem to work best feature transitional housing that offers the camaraderie of living in structured, substance-free environments with fellow veterans who are successfully regaining control of their lives.
Government money for homeless veterans is limited and VA serves less than half of this population, it is critical that community groups reach out to help provide the support, resources and opportunities most Americans take for granted: employment, housing and health care.
Power of Partnership over Politics
San Antonio city leaders are a definitive and genuine model for helping Homeless Warriors
According to SAMMinistries, at the time of their effort to attack the issue, there were approximately 2,781 homeless individuals living on San Antonio streets. Haven for Hope data states that 29 out of every 10,000 veterans are homeless.
In January 2015, Mayor Ivy Taylor committed to the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, which pushes a “functional zero” goal: every veteran in the city has access to permanent housing and the community has the resources to rapidly stabilize any veterans on the brink of homelessness.
San Antonio is one of more than 850 communities across the nation that participate in the initiative. Twenty-three other communities and two states have achieved the functional zero goal. National veteran homelessness has decreased by 36% between 2010 and 2015.
Through the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness initiative, more than 1,335 local homeless veterans were moved into permanent housing, Taylor said, including 123 chronically homeless veterans who experienced severe barriers to housing stability.
“Reaching the virtual zero goal, does not necessarily mean that there will no longer be any veterans living on San Antonio streets…That’s not the point of the effort,” she said. “The point of the effort is that we have come together as a community to really make a huge difference. … We all have to be vigilant. We’ll continue to work, but now we know that as a coalition and a community that we can do it.”
San Antonio example demonstrates how to accomplish a mission accomplished through collaborative efforts among the City, several nonprofit organizations, and business sector partners.
Some of those at the time included the work of local organizations like South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH), Haven for Hope, SAMMinistries, and Family Endeavors, along with the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System, the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, the San Antonio Housing Authority and the Housing Authority of Bexar County provided special outreach and engagement, housing placement, rapid identification of homeless individuals, and other supportive services to veterans across the region.
Currently, over 2,100 community-based homeless veteran service providers across the country and many other homeless assistance programs that have demonstrated impressive success reaching homeless veterans.
These groups are most successful when they work in collaboration with federal, state and local government agencies; other homeless providers; and veteran service organizations. Veterans who participate in these programs have a higher chance of becoming tax-paying, productive citizens again.
Also, NCHV reports that each year, the VA’s specialized homelessness programs provides health care to almost 150,000 homeless veterans and other services to more than 112,000 veterans.
Additionally, more than 40,000 homeless veterans receive compensation or pension benefits each month.
Since 1987, VA’s programs for homeless veterans have emphasized collaboration with such community service providers to help expand services to more veterans in crisis.
The VA is also using its own resources or in partnerships with others, has secured nearly 15,000 residential rehabilitative and transitional beds and more than 30,000 permanent beds for homeless veterans throughout the nation.
These partnerships are credited with reducing the number of homeless veterans by 70% since 2005.

What can I do to help a Homeless Veteran?
“There are limitless opportunities to improve and expand the services available to help homeless veterans, either as an individual or as a member of a group or organization,” said Randy Brown Director of Communications, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. “The most effective assistance is provided by community-based organizations that work within local networks offering a range of services from housing to continuing case management and counseling as the veteran proceeds through a plan focused on his individual circumstances leading to self-sufficiency.”
Brown said focus efforts on supporting the homeless veteran service providers in your community, or becoming an active advocate to make sure veterans receive an appropriate share of the resources that are available to address and prevent homelessness in your area.
One of the first steps is to determine the needs in your community by visiting with homeless veteran service providers or contacting the mayor’s office for a list of providers.
Other more common ways to help homeless veterans are:
· Support emergency shelters – Donate personal care items, clothing (new underwear, socks and T-shirts are always needed) and food, or make cash contributions.
· Volunteer as mentors, counselors or legal aides – Homeless veterans in transitional or supportive permanent housing often need help with learning basic life and social skills, employment training and placement, mental health or substance abuse counseling, and help with legal problems.
· Raise funds for programs – Contact churches, civic and business groups, schools, and veterans service organizations for contributions, or a share of proceeds from community events. Large corporations in your area may agree to an employee matching program. Involve the local media to ensure benefactors are recognized for their support of America’s veterans.
· Volunteer at Stand Down programs – These are one- to three-day events that give homeless veterans a secure, community-like retreat to receive healthcare and personal hygiene services, food, clothing, housing and employment referrals, and VA benefits counseling – all in one location. For a list of upcoming Stand Down programs, visit http://nchv.org/index.php/service/service/stand_down/.
Participate in local homeless coalitions.
Contact your elected officials to discuss what is being done in your community for homeless veterans.
Houston Council Member Dwight Boykins said the City Council discussed effective ways of combatting not just the encampment issues but solutions to eliminating homelessness and getting them the help that they need.
Boykins said he continues to be dedicated to finding solutions and building bridges with those who can help the homeless.

By: Darwin Campbell

Help for Homeless Veterans Across Texas

West Central Texas Regional Foundation
CONTACT
ADDRESS 3702 Loop 322
CITY Abilene
STATE TX
ZIP 79602
PHONE 325-672-8544
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.wctcog.org/wctcog/rf_index.php
West Central Texas Regional Foundation
CONTACT
ADDRESS 3702 Loop 322
CITY Abilene
STATE TX
ZIP 79602
PHONE 325-672-8544
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.wctcog.org/wctcog/rf_index.php
Brazoria County Veteran Service Office
CONTACT John Jerabeck
ADDRESS 451 N. Velasco St. Suite 120
CITY Angleton
STATE TX
ZIP 77515
PHONE 979-864-1289
EMAIL johnj@brazoria-county.com
WEBSITE http://brazoria-county.com/veterans/
Caritas of Austin
CONTACT
ADDRESS 611 Neches Street
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78701
PHONE 512-472-4135
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.caritasofaustin.org
Center Point, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2101 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road,
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78741
PHONE 512-297-2990
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.cpinc.org/
Community Partnership for the Homeless
CONTACT Christa Noland
ADDRESS 1503 S. IH-35
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78741
PHONE 512-469-9130
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Green Doors
CONTACT Frank Fernandez
ADDRESS 1503 South IH 35
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78741
PHONE 512-469-9130
EMAIL FFernandez@greendoors.org
WEBSITE http://www.greendoors.org
Texas Homeless Network
CONTACT Ken Martin
ADDRESS 1713 Fortview Rd.
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78704
PHONE 512-482-8270
EMAIL ken@thn.org
WEBSITE http://www.thn.org
Texas Veterans Commission – Austin
CONTACT Thomas Palladino
ADDRESS 1700 North Congress Avenue, Suite 800
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78701
PHONE 512-463-6564
EMAIL ExecutiveOffice@tvc.state.tx.us
WEBSITE http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/

Neighborhood Centers Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 4500 Bissonnet, Suite 200
CITY Bellaire
STATE TX
ZIP 77401
PHONE 713-667-9400
EMAIL nci.info@Neighborhood-Centers.org
WEBSITE http://iamforgood.org
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1555 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 215
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75235
PHONE 214-379-7377
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/
Carr P. Collins Social Service Center
CONTACT Lieutenant Patrick Jones
ADDRESS 6500 Harry Hines Blvd.
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75235
PHONE 214-956-6025
EMAIL Patrick_Jones@uss.salvationarmy.org
WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmydfw.org/

Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance
CONTACT Jay Dunn
ADDRESS 1818 Corsicana
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75201
PHONE 214-670-1101
EMAIL jdunn@MDHADallas.org
WEBSITE http://www.mdhatx.net/
Salvation Army, Texas Divisional Headquarters
CONTACT
ADDRESS 6500 Harry Hines Blvd
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75235
PHONE 214-956-6000
EMAIL texinfo@uss.salvationarmy.org
WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/
The Bridge
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1818 Corsicana
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75201
PHONE 214-670-1101
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.bridgenorthtexas.org

Union Gospel Mission
CONTACT
ADDRESS 3211 Irving Blvd
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75247
PHONE 214-637-6117
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Urban League of Greater Dallas & North Central Texas, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 4315 South Lancaster Road
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75216
PHONE 214-915-4600
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://ulgdnctx.com
Aliviane, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS P.O. Box 371710
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79937
PHONE 915-782-4000
EMAIL info@aliviane.org
WEBSITE http://www.aliviane.org/

Aliviane, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1111 Barranca, Suite 800
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79935
PHONE 915-782-4000
EMAIL info@aliviane.org
WEBSITE http://www.aliviane.org/
El Paso Coalition for the Homeless
CONTACT
ADDRESS 6044 Gateway East, Suite 211
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79905
PHONE 915-843-2170
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.ephomelesscoalition.org/
El Paso County, Veterans Assistance Office
CONTACT Michael Flores
ADDRESS 4641 Cohen Avenue, Suite D
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79924
PHONE 915-759-7990
EMAIL Miflores@epcounty.com
WEBSITE http://www.co.el-paso.tx.us/veterans/

Ethos Educational Services
CONTACT Dayna Romanick
ADDRESS 1220 Lomaland Drive
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79907
PHONE 512-300-2245
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.excel.edu
Opportunity Center for the Homeless
CONTACT Raymond Tullilus
ADDRESS 1208 Myrtle Ave.
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79901
PHONE 915-577-0069
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.homelessopportunitycenter.org/default.aspx
Veterans Transitional Living Center
CONTACT David Herman
ADDRESS P.O. Box 79904
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79901
PHONE 915-759-8229
EMAIL
WEBSITE

Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande
CONTACT Lorenzo Reyes
ADDRESS 221 N. Kansas, Suite 1000
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79901
PHONE 915-772-2002 ext- 204
EMAIL lorenzo.reyes@urgwdb.org
WEBSITE http://www.urgjobs.com
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 4200 S. Fwy, Suite 616
CITY Fort Worth
STATE TX
ZIP 76115
PHONE 817-289-0055
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/
Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 249 West Thornhill Drive
CITY Fort Worth
STATE TX
ZIP 76115
PHONE 817-534-0814
EMAIL infocatholiccharities@ccdofw.org
WEBSITE http://www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org/

Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County
CONTACT
ADDRESS 3840 Hulen Street, Tower North
CITY Fort Worth
STATE TX
ZIP 76107
PHONE 817-569-4300
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Presbyterian Night Shelter
CONTACT Toby Owen
ADDRESS 2400 Cypress St
CITY Fort Worth
STATE TX
ZIP 76102
PHONE 817-632-7400
EMAIL towen@pns-tc.org
WEBSITE http://www.pns-tc.org/
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2600 S Loop W, #630
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77054
PHONE 713-666-4796
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/

Black United Fund of Texas (BUFTX)
CONTACT Lynette Jones
ADDRESS 5407 Chenevert
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77004
PHONE 713-524-5767
EMAIL buftx@buftx.org
WEBSITE http://www.buftx.org/
Career and Recovery Resources
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2403 Caroline
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77004
PHONE 713-754-7000
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.careerandrecovery.org/
Career and Recovery Resources, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2525 San Jacinto
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 713-754-7000
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.careerandrecovery.org

Coalition for the Homeless – Houston/Harris County
CONTACT Connie Boyd
ADDRESS 600 Jefferson St., Suite 2050
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 832-531-6007
EMAIL cboyd@homelesshouston.org
WEBSITE http://www.homelesshouston.org
Communities of Tomorrow for Economic Redevelopment
CONTACT James J. McLaughlin
ADDRESS 2606 Gregg St
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77026
PHONE 713-539-9409
EMAIL askrev1st@yahoo.com
WEBSITE http://www.faithdrugrehab.com/
Communities of Tomorrow for Economic Redevelopment
CONTACT James J. McLaughlin
ADDRESS 2606 Gregg St
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77026
PHONE 713-539-9409
EMAIL askrev1st@yahoo.com
WEBSITE http://www.faithdrugrehab.com/

Forest Lawn Missionary Baptist Church
CONTACT
ADDRESS 8101 Wileyvale Rd
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77016
PHONE 713-631-0976
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Goodwill Industries of Houston
CONTACT
ADDRESS 3121 San Jacinto St.
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77004
PHONE
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Goodwill Industries of Houston
CONTACT Ms. Vivian Bush
ADDRESS 10795 Hammerly Boulevard
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77043
PHONE 713-699-6728
EMAIL v_bush@goodwillhouston.org
WEBSITE http://www.goodwillhouston.org/

Houston Launch Pad
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2636 S. Loop W.
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77054
PHONE
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Legacy Community Health Services – Comm. Hlth Cntr
CONTACT Jack Parker
ADDRESS 1415 California Street
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77006
PHONE 713-830-3000
EMAIL info@legacycommunityhealth.org
WEBSITE http://www.legacycommunityhealth.org/
Legacy Community Health Services – Lyons Ave. Cntr
CONTACT Zac Preston
ADDRESS 5602 Lyons Avenue
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77020
PHONE 713-671-3041
EMAIL info@legacycommunityhealth.org
WEBSITE http://www.legacycommunityhealth.org/

Legacy Community Health Services – Wellness Srvcs
CONTACT Katy Caldwell
ADDRESS 3311 Richmond Avenue, Suite 100
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77098
PHONE 713-830-3000
EMAIL kcaldwell@legacycommunityhealth.org
WEBSITE http://www.legacycommunityhealth.org/
Narconon
CONTACT Cleo Glenn-Johnson
ADDRESS 1051 Cottage Oak Lane
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77091
PHONE 832-890-4130
EMAIL cleo@busftx.org
WEBSITE
New Hope Housing, Inc.
CONTACT Joy Horak-Brown
ADDRESS 1117 Texas Avenue
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 713-222-0290
EMAIL info@newhopehousing.com
WEBSITE http://www.newhopehousing.com/

Salvation Army – Houston, TX (Area Command)
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1500 Austin Street
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 713-752-0677
EMAIL tsa_houston@uss.salvationarmy.org
WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmyhouston.org/
Salvation Army, a Georgia Corporation
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1500 Austin Street
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 770-441-6200
EMAIL GeorgiaDivision@uss.salvationarmy.org
WEBSITE http://salvationarmygeorgia.org
Santa Maria Hostel, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2005 Jacquelyn Drive
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77055
PHONE 713-957-2413
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.santamariahostel.org/

SEARCH Homeless Services
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2505 Fannin Street
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 713-739-7752
EMAIL info@searchhomeless.org
WEBSITE http://www.searchproject.org/
The Housing Corporation of Greater Houston
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2211 Norfolk, Suite 740
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77098
PHONE (713) 526-9470
EMAIL houscorp@aol.com
WEBSITE http://www.houscorp.com/
The Houston Launch Pad
CONTACT Prentice Goods
ADDRESS 11810 Bay Cedar Drive (Main Office); 2616 South Loop West, Ste. 504 (Satellite);
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77048
PHONE 713-738-8565 or 713-526-6299 (Main Office); 713-661-8882 (Satellite)
EMAIL pgoods@prodigy.net
WEBSITE http://www.houstonlaunchpad.i8.com/

United States Veterans Initiative – Houston
CONTACT Tom Mitchell
ADDRESS 4640 Main Street
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 832-203-1626
EMAIL tmitchell@usvetsinc.org
WEBSITE http://www.usvetsinc.org/houston/
Families in Crisis, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1305 East Rancier Avenue
CITY Killeen
STATE TX
ZIP 76541
PHONE 254-634-1184
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://familiesincrisis.net/
Sabine Valley Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Center
CONTACT
ADDRESS 107 Woodbine Place
CITY Longview
STATE TX
ZIP 75601
PHONE 800-832-1009
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhcommunity/LPND/LMHAs/community-healthcore_fmr-sabine-valley.shtm
Goodwill Industries of Houston, Inc.
CONTACT Vivian Bush
ADDRESS 1140 West Loop North
CITY North
STATE TX
ZIP 77055
PHONE 713-699-6728
EMAIL v_bush@goodwillhouston.org
WEBSITE http://www.goodwillhouston.org/
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 611 N. Flores St., Suite 200
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78205
PHONE 877-562-4838
EMAIL giforum@agif-nvop.org
WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
CONTACT Carlos Martinez
ADDRESS 611 N. Flores Street, Suite 200
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78205
PHONE 210-223-4088
EMAIL cmartinez@agif-nvop.org
WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/

Family Endeavors, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 535 Bandera Road
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78228
PHONE 210-431-6466
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.familyendeavors.org
Family Endeavors, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 535 Bandera Road
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78228
PHONE 210-431-6466
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.familyendeavors.org
San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries
CONTACT Navarra Williams
ADDRESS 5254 Blanco Road
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78216
PHONE 210-340-0302
EMAIL nwilliams@samm.org
WEBSITE http://www.samm.org

Vocational Training Institute
CONTACT Tom Higgins
ADDRESS 3218 Northwestern Drive
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78238
PHONE 512-300-2245
EMAIL Tom@JobReadyTraining.com
WEBSITE
Southeast Area Ministries
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2102 Houston Blvd [Hwy 3, Galveston Rd]
CITY South Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77587
PHONE 713-944-0093
EMAIL Southeministries@sbcglobal.net
WEBSITE http://www.southeastareaministries.com/
Salvation Army – Tyler, TX
CONTACT
ADDRESS P.O. Box 2050
CITY Tyler
STATE TX
ZIP 75710
PHONE 903-592-4361
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmytyler.org/

Heart of Texas Region Mental Health Mental Retardation
CONTACT
ADDRESS 110 South 12th Street
CITY Waco
STATE TX
ZIP 76701
PHONE 254-752-3451
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.hotrmhmr.org/

Help for Homeless Veterans Across Texas

West Central Texas Regional Foundation
CONTACT
ADDRESS 3702 Loop 322
CITY Abilene
STATE TX
ZIP 79602
PHONE 325-672-8544
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.wctcog.org/wctcog/rf_index.php
West Central Texas Regional Foundation
CONTACT
ADDRESS 3702 Loop 322
CITY Abilene
STATE TX
ZIP 79602
PHONE 325-672-8544
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.wctcog.org/wctcog/rf_index.php
Brazoria County Veteran Service Office
CONTACT John Jerabeck
ADDRESS 451 N. Velasco St. Suite 120
CITY Angleton
STATE TX
ZIP 77515
PHONE 979-864-1289
EMAIL johnj@brazoria-county.com
WEBSITE http://brazoria-county.com/veterans/
Caritas of Austin
CONTACT
ADDRESS 611 Neches Street
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78701
PHONE 512-472-4135
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.caritasofaustin.org
Center Point, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2101 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road,
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78741
PHONE 512-297-2990
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.cpinc.org/
Community Partnership for the Homeless
CONTACT Christa Noland
ADDRESS 1503 S. IH-35
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78741
PHONE 512-469-9130
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Green Doors
CONTACT Frank Fernandez
ADDRESS 1503 South IH 35
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78741
PHONE 512-469-9130
EMAIL FFernandez@greendoors.org
WEBSITE http://www.greendoors.org
Texas Homeless Network
CONTACT Ken Martin
ADDRESS 1713 Fortview Rd.
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78704
PHONE 512-482-8270
EMAIL ken@thn.org
WEBSITE http://www.thn.org
Texas Veterans Commission – Austin
CONTACT Thomas Palladino
ADDRESS 1700 North Congress Avenue, Suite 800
CITY Austin
STATE TX
ZIP 78701
PHONE 512-463-6564
EMAIL ExecutiveOffice@tvc.state.tx.us
WEBSITE http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/

Neighborhood Centers Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 4500 Bissonnet, Suite 200
CITY Bellaire
STATE TX
ZIP 77401
PHONE 713-667-9400
EMAIL nci.info@Neighborhood-Centers.org
WEBSITE http://iamforgood.org
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1555 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 215
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75235
PHONE 214-379-7377
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/
Carr P. Collins Social Service Center
CONTACT Lieutenant Patrick Jones
ADDRESS 6500 Harry Hines Blvd.
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75235
PHONE 214-956-6025
EMAIL Patrick_Jones@uss.salvationarmy.org
WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmydfw.org/

Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance
CONTACT Jay Dunn
ADDRESS 1818 Corsicana
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75201
PHONE 214-670-1101
EMAIL jdunn@MDHADallas.org
WEBSITE http://www.mdhatx.net/
Salvation Army, Texas Divisional Headquarters
CONTACT
ADDRESS 6500 Harry Hines Blvd
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75235
PHONE 214-956-6000
EMAIL texinfo@uss.salvationarmy.org
WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/
The Bridge
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1818 Corsicana
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75201
PHONE 214-670-1101
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.bridgenorthtexas.org

Union Gospel Mission
CONTACT
ADDRESS 3211 Irving Blvd
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75247
PHONE 214-637-6117
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Urban League of Greater Dallas & North Central Texas, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 4315 South Lancaster Road
CITY Dallas
STATE TX
ZIP 75216
PHONE 214-915-4600
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://ulgdnctx.com
Aliviane, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS P.O. Box 371710
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79937
PHONE 915-782-4000
EMAIL info@aliviane.org
WEBSITE http://www.aliviane.org/

Aliviane, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1111 Barranca, Suite 800
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79935
PHONE 915-782-4000
EMAIL info@aliviane.org
WEBSITE http://www.aliviane.org/
El Paso Coalition for the Homeless
CONTACT
ADDRESS 6044 Gateway East, Suite 211
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79905
PHONE 915-843-2170
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.ephomelesscoalition.org/
El Paso County, Veterans Assistance Office
CONTACT Michael Flores
ADDRESS 4641 Cohen Avenue, Suite D
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79924
PHONE 915-759-7990
EMAIL Miflores@epcounty.com
WEBSITE http://www.co.el-paso.tx.us/veterans/

Ethos Educational Services
CONTACT Dayna Romanick
ADDRESS 1220 Lomaland Drive
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79907
PHONE 512-300-2245
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.excel.edu
Opportunity Center for the Homeless
CONTACT Raymond Tullilus
ADDRESS 1208 Myrtle Ave.
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79901
PHONE 915-577-0069
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.homelessopportunitycenter.org/default.aspx
Veterans Transitional Living Center
CONTACT David Herman
ADDRESS P.O. Box 79904
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79901
PHONE 915-759-8229
EMAIL
WEBSITE

Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande
CONTACT Lorenzo Reyes
ADDRESS 221 N. Kansas, Suite 1000
CITY El Paso
STATE TX
ZIP 79901
PHONE 915-772-2002 ext- 204
EMAIL lorenzo.reyes@urgwdb.org
WEBSITE http://www.urgjobs.com
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 4200 S. Fwy, Suite 616
CITY Fort Worth
STATE TX
ZIP 76115
PHONE 817-289-0055
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/
Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 249 West Thornhill Drive
CITY Fort Worth
STATE TX
ZIP 76115
PHONE 817-534-0814
EMAIL infocatholiccharities@ccdofw.org
WEBSITE http://www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org/

Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County
CONTACT
ADDRESS 3840 Hulen Street, Tower North
CITY Fort Worth
STATE TX
ZIP 76107
PHONE 817-569-4300
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Presbyterian Night Shelter
CONTACT Toby Owen
ADDRESS 2400 Cypress St
CITY Fort Worth
STATE TX
ZIP 76102
PHONE 817-632-7400
EMAIL towen@pns-tc.org
WEBSITE http://www.pns-tc.org/
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2600 S Loop W, #630
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77054
PHONE 713-666-4796
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/

Black United Fund of Texas (BUFTX)
CONTACT Lynette Jones
ADDRESS 5407 Chenevert
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77004
PHONE 713-524-5767
EMAIL buftx@buftx.org
WEBSITE http://www.buftx.org/
Career and Recovery Resources
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2403 Caroline
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77004
PHONE 713-754-7000
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.careerandrecovery.org/
Career and Recovery Resources, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2525 San Jacinto
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 713-754-7000
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.careerandrecovery.org

Coalition for the Homeless – Houston/Harris County
CONTACT Connie Boyd
ADDRESS 600 Jefferson St., Suite 2050
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 832-531-6007
EMAIL cboyd@homelesshouston.org
WEBSITE http://www.homelesshouston.org
Communities of Tomorrow for Economic Redevelopment
CONTACT James J. McLaughlin
ADDRESS 2606 Gregg St
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77026
PHONE 713-539-9409
EMAIL askrev1st@yahoo.com
WEBSITE http://www.faithdrugrehab.com/
Communities of Tomorrow for Economic Redevelopment
CONTACT James J. McLaughlin
ADDRESS 2606 Gregg St
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77026
PHONE 713-539-9409
EMAIL askrev1st@yahoo.com
WEBSITE http://www.faithdrugrehab.com/

Forest Lawn Missionary Baptist Church
CONTACT
ADDRESS 8101 Wileyvale Rd
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77016
PHONE 713-631-0976
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Goodwill Industries of Houston
CONTACT
ADDRESS 3121 San Jacinto St.
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77004
PHONE
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Goodwill Industries of Houston
CONTACT Ms. Vivian Bush
ADDRESS 10795 Hammerly Boulevard
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77043
PHONE 713-699-6728
EMAIL v_bush@goodwillhouston.org
WEBSITE http://www.goodwillhouston.org/

Houston Launch Pad
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2636 S. Loop W.
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77054
PHONE
EMAIL
WEBSITE
Legacy Community Health Services – Comm. Hlth Cntr
CONTACT Jack Parker
ADDRESS 1415 California Street
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77006
PHONE 713-830-3000
EMAIL info@legacycommunityhealth.org
WEBSITE http://www.legacycommunityhealth.org/
Legacy Community Health Services – Lyons Ave. Cntr
CONTACT Zac Preston
ADDRESS 5602 Lyons Avenue
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77020
PHONE 713-671-3041
EMAIL info@legacycommunityhealth.org
WEBSITE http://www.legacycommunityhealth.org/

Legacy Community Health Services – Wellness Srvcs
CONTACT Katy Caldwell
ADDRESS 3311 Richmond Avenue, Suite 100
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77098
PHONE 713-830-3000
EMAIL kcaldwell@legacycommunityhealth.org
WEBSITE http://www.legacycommunityhealth.org/
Narconon
CONTACT Cleo Glenn-Johnson
ADDRESS 1051 Cottage Oak Lane
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77091
PHONE 832-890-4130
EMAIL cleo@busftx.org
WEBSITE
New Hope Housing, Inc.
CONTACT Joy Horak-Brown
ADDRESS 1117 Texas Avenue
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 713-222-0290
EMAIL info@newhopehousing.com
WEBSITE http://www.newhopehousing.com/

Salvation Army – Houston, TX (Area Command)
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1500 Austin Street
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 713-752-0677
EMAIL tsa_houston@uss.salvationarmy.org
WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmyhouston.org/
Salvation Army, a Georgia Corporation
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1500 Austin Street
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 770-441-6200
EMAIL GeorgiaDivision@uss.salvationarmy.org
WEBSITE http://salvationarmygeorgia.org
Santa Maria Hostel, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2005 Jacquelyn Drive
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77055
PHONE 713-957-2413
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.santamariahostel.org/

SEARCH Homeless Services
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2505 Fannin Street
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 713-739-7752
EMAIL info@searchhomeless.org
WEBSITE http://www.searchproject.org/
The Housing Corporation of Greater Houston
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2211 Norfolk, Suite 740
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77098
PHONE (713) 526-9470
EMAIL houscorp@aol.com
WEBSITE http://www.houscorp.com/
The Houston Launch Pad
CONTACT Prentice Goods
ADDRESS 11810 Bay Cedar Drive (Main Office); 2616 South Loop West, Ste. 504 (Satellite);
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77048
PHONE 713-738-8565 or 713-526-6299 (Main Office); 713-661-8882 (Satellite)
EMAIL pgoods@prodigy.net
WEBSITE http://www.houstonlaunchpad.i8.com/

United States Veterans Initiative – Houston
CONTACT Tom Mitchell
ADDRESS 4640 Main Street
CITY Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77002
PHONE 832-203-1626
EMAIL tmitchell@usvetsinc.org
WEBSITE http://www.usvetsinc.org/houston/
Families in Crisis, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 1305 East Rancier Avenue
CITY Killeen
STATE TX
ZIP 76541
PHONE 254-634-1184
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://familiesincrisis.net/
Sabine Valley Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Center
CONTACT
ADDRESS 107 Woodbine Place
CITY Longview
STATE TX
ZIP 75601
PHONE 800-832-1009
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhcommunity/LPND/LMHAs/community-healthcore_fmr-sabine-valley.shtm
Goodwill Industries of Houston, Inc.
CONTACT Vivian Bush
ADDRESS 1140 West Loop North
CITY North
STATE TX
ZIP 77055
PHONE 713-699-6728
EMAIL v_bush@goodwillhouston.org
WEBSITE http://www.goodwillhouston.org/
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 611 N. Flores St., Suite 200
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78205
PHONE 877-562-4838
EMAIL giforum@agif-nvop.org
WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
CONTACT Carlos Martinez
ADDRESS 611 N. Flores Street, Suite 200
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78205
PHONE 210-223-4088
EMAIL cmartinez@agif-nvop.org
WEBSITE http://www.agif-nvop.org/

Family Endeavors, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 535 Bandera Road
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78228
PHONE 210-431-6466
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.familyendeavors.org
Family Endeavors, Inc.
CONTACT
ADDRESS 535 Bandera Road
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78228
PHONE 210-431-6466
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.familyendeavors.org
San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries
CONTACT Navarra Williams
ADDRESS 5254 Blanco Road
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78216
PHONE 210-340-0302
EMAIL nwilliams@samm.org
WEBSITE http://www.samm.org

Vocational Training Institute
CONTACT Tom Higgins
ADDRESS 3218 Northwestern Drive
CITY San Antonio
STATE TX
ZIP 78238
PHONE 512-300-2245
EMAIL Tom@JobReadyTraining.com
WEBSITE
Southeast Area Ministries
CONTACT
ADDRESS 2102 Houston Blvd [Hwy 3, Galveston Rd]
CITY South Houston
STATE TX
ZIP 77587
PHONE 713-944-0093
EMAIL Southeministries@sbcglobal.net
WEBSITE http://www.southeastareaministries.com/
Salvation Army – Tyler, TX
CONTACT
ADDRESS P.O. Box 2050
CITY Tyler
STATE TX
ZIP 75710
PHONE 903-592-4361
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.salvationarmytyler.org/

Heart of Texas Region Mental Health Mental Retardation
CONTACT
ADDRESS 110 South 12th Street
CITY Waco
STATE TX
ZIP 76701
PHONE 254-752-3451
EMAIL
WEBSITE http://www.hotrmhmr.org/

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