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Take the challenge!

December 11, 2013 The holiday season is a time to share our gifts of friendship and thoughtful treats. It’s also a great time to involve our children and help them understand the challenges that many face. Can you make it on $1,000/month? I invite you to take the challenge through

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Houston Matters Homeless Count

Houston released its most recent homeless figures. The numbers come from a “boots on the ground” count, coordinated by a group of organizations under the umbrella of the Coalition for the Homeless.

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Housing Houston’s Heroes

A decade ago, James E. Adams Jr. began a four-year stint as a contract mechanic in Iraq. The Vietnam-era Marine worked 12-hour days, pulled down a six-figure salary and eventually ran a battlefield hydraulic shop. He’d made a fantastic comeback from a layoff, bankruptcy and foreclosure

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Homeless in Houston

HOUSTON (FOX 26) -Despite having a temporary job for the past year and a half Vernon Spivey has made his sleeping arrangements out on the streets of Downtown Houston. “That’s a lot of what happens to these dudes, you see them walking around but they don’t look homeless until you

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Taking count of Houston’s homeless

HOUSTON—Driving around the city in a green van emblazoned with the logo of Search Homeless Services, she makes regular rounds on sidewalks and campsites frequented by people living on the streets. One of the sites where she almost always finds homeless men and women sits on the banks of Buffalo

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Homeless photographers capture Houston

Photographer and writer Terry Swenson took pictures of homeless people in downtown Houston for years before she decided she had things backward. Next Swenson approached the president and CEO of Search, Thao Costis. Swenson explained that she was looking for Search clients who were interested in the photography experiment and

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The Black Voice, Houston KRIV CH 26

Homelessness is a big issue in the houston area any time of year. One organization called “SEARCH Homeless Services” is taking a very unique approach here to tell us more about that we have SEARCH Executive Director Thao Costis.

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Hola, Houston KRIV CH 26

Homelessness is a big issue in the houston area any time of year, but particularly this time of the season when temperatures can drop to or below freezing, but what can we do to address the problem. One organization called “SEARCH Homeless Services ” is taking a very unique approach

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Cold and Homeless

Bill Stamps discusses SEARCH’s efforts to keep Houston’s homeless warm. Blankets are distributed in hopes of preparing for harsh weather.

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Life Anew

Khou 11 featured Vicky Blankett’s journey. She is currently living on her own and working at Randall’s. The Mobile Outreach program was also featured during this segment.

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Making Holidays Brighter

Preschoolers from SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures enjoyed a Winter Wonderland at Jim Adler and Associates. Cookie decorating, storytime, and crafts were a few of the activities provided.

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Sisters of the Street

Everyone who experiences homelessness is vulnerable.  They have few means to protect themselves from the elements or from people who prey on the weak. The Houston Chronicle featured this story about three women who’d had families and careers, but suffered from mental illness and its complexities that lead to or

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Double the Benefit

Double the Benefit campaign (September 6, 2010) Fox 26 featured SEARCH Homeless Services and the efforts of BoyarMiller, Max’s Wine Dive and The Tasting Room who joined forces to raise awareness and critical resources to support homeless children and adults as they head back to school.

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Study: Rent Units Better for Homeless

When helping first-time homeless, it’s cheaper for some communities to house individuals and families in rental apartments than in emergency shelters or transitional housing, according to a federal study released Thursday. In Houston, for example, it cost almost $1,400 a month to place a family in an emergency shelter compared

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HomeAid Adds Care Projects to Assist Homeless

HomeAid identifies various homeless-care providers throughout the area who need additional accommodations and connects them with GHBA members who donate labor and materials to help build this needed housing.Examples of HomeAid Care projects include the Krause Children’s Center in west Houston that resulted in improvements valued at $26,000, and SEARCH’s

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Homelessness Worsens in Houston

Houston has seen a dramatic increase in demand for social services and homeless shelters.  The recession and Hurricane Ike have brought a whole new group of people into the homeless system.  But for the first time – large amounts of money are available for homelessness prevention.

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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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