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For a Houston without Homelessness

Since 1989, SEARCH has been providing hope, creating opportunity, and transforming lives for thousands of men, women, and children who are trying to break free from the cycle of poverty and homelessness. At SEARCH, we maintain a vision of a Houston without homelessness.

Success Stories

Brenda Success Story

Brenda - Housing

Homelessness can happen to anyone.  Brenda has a degree in psychology from the University of Texas.  Yet after losing her job and a series of unfortunate events, Brenda found herself homeless and living in a shelter.  For Brenda, SEARCH was "exactly what I needed." Through SEARCH, Brenda was able to get back into a home of her own and has successfully maintained that housing for two years.  Wanting to give back and help others, Brenda is going back to school to become a music therapist.

Saundra's Success Story

Saundra - Employment

Saundra had it all – a well-paying job, a home of her own, good friends, and a family with whom she was close. Four years ago, she lost it all to alcoholism. Living in a homeless shelter, she felt depressed, hopeless, and alone...until she found SEARCH.

With hard work and determination, Saundra got a job as a certified flagger for a local traffic control company. SEARCH helped her realize her dream of getting back to work and into her own home again. Today, Saundra supervises 51 flaggers, continues to be sober after four years, and remains a woman of deep faith. Saundra's greatest joy is the reconnection with her daughter and granddaughter after many years apart and knowing how proud they are of her.

John L. Success Story

John L. - Housing

John L. had been homeless for over 26 years. After being incarcerated for drunk driving, he was left with nothing. Upon his release from prison, he took a bus to Houston and found himself homeless and alone. He built an encampment, cared for his eight cats, and collected cans for money. While it wasn't an ideal situation, it was home, and so he refused housing assistance from many agencies. In 2009, his encampment was torn down, and he was left with nothing yet again.


At 69 years of age, John realized that he finally needed some help and was ready to “go inside.” John reached out to the HPD Homeless Outreach Team and was referred to SEARCH. His case managers at SEARCH, in collaboration with our community partners, helped John navigate the complex and often overwhelming process of applying for, obtaining, and moving into permanent housing. In less than a month’s time, John was able to move into an apartment of his own.


John admits that it has been an adjustment to live in a home after so many years of living on the streets. He is finding new ways to stay busy and productive and is grateful that he will never again have to sleep in the rain.

Keina Success Story

Keina - Housing

A single mother at only 19 years old, Keina is determined to provide a better life for herself and her 4-month old son. Keina's troubles started when her family lost their home in Hurricane Katrina. Eventually placed into the custody of CPS, Keina found herself homeless again after aging out of the foster care system. Keina was living at a shelter when she found SEARCH. Struggling with a learning disability, Keina relied heavily on SEARCH to help her navigate the complex and overwhelming process of obtaining housing. With SEARCH’s help and support, Keina is now in a home of her own and is working to graduate high school. Keina has promised her case manager that "Failure is not an option!"

In the News

  • 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award: SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures

     

  • Houston Public Media “Red White & Blue”: Houston’s Homeless

     

    Gary Polland and guest host Barbara Radnofsky lead a discussion about the problem of homelessness in Houston. They are joined by guests Marc Eichenbaum, Special Assistant to the Mayor for Homeless Initiatives at The City of Houston; and Thao Costis, President and CEO of SEARCH Homeless Services.

  • Comerica Bank Changing Lives

    Comerica Bank Changing Lives: SEARCH Homeless Services

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