Every day in our community (Houston, Harris & Ft. Bend Counties) there are 8,538 men, women and children living on the streets, in shelters or in temporary housing. SEARCH Homeless Services offers services that go beyond meeting basic needs, ultimately ensuring that our clients can successfully transform their lives back to stability and self-sufficiency. Through programs that engage, stabilize, educate, employ and house, SEARCH is committed to meeting people where they are and providing services to help them back on their feet.
Despite optimism for a turnaround, economic difficulties continued into 2011. Individuals experiencing homelessness faced limited job opportunities and housing instability along with other social barriers. Cuts in government funding reduced available housing, rent, food and transportation support. The number of families experiencing first-time homelessness also continued to rise.
SEARCH continues to confront these challenges through proven supportive services, community partnerships, and dedicated volunteers and staff.
- 8,762 men, women, and children received hot meals, showers, laundry services, and connections to support from people who care.
- 3,749individuals received information and referral to access shelter, medical and dental care, abbreviated case management and other critical resources.
- 1,327 individuals benefitted from skilled case management to achieve greater stability by accessing health services, education, jobs, housing, and personal support.
- 70 children ages 1 to 5 were better prepared for school by SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures, a premier early childhood education program.
- 90 men and women received education assistance; 7 adult students earned their GED; 8 enrolled at Houston Community College for degrees or skill certifications.
- 331 individuals (77%) of clients enrolled became employed and increased their average monthly income 12 times.
- 577 individuals across the agency increased their income through employment and other forms of support.
- 709 individuals rebuilt their lives with new communities while in supportive housing.
Quick Facts in 2011:
- 9 % more families experienced homelessness than 2010. (Source: Coalition for the Homeless, 2011)
- Within a single year, 97% of homeless children move, many up to three times. (National Symposium on Homeless research: Homeless Families and Children, 2007)
- 89% of children enrolled in SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures had either mental health and/or developmental needs.
- 50% of clients served by SEARCH’s Mobile Outreach Team have a physical disability, and 83% have a mental health condition.
- $78,000 (87%) savings through SEARCH to provide an apartment and stabilizing support for one year for a person who is disabled and chronically homeless versus public health care, jails, and other reactive assistance.
- Savings using Permanent vs. Temporary Housing (Source: Abt Associates report for HUD, 2010)
Houston has the largest homeless population in Texas and the 8th largest in the United States, with more than 40,000 people experiencing homelessness annually. Results of the 2011 Homeless Census and Needs Assessment indicate that over 13,800 people are homeless or dependent on supported housing in our community at any point in time. In addition, school reports show that over 11,000 students attending schools in Harris County were homeless during the 2010-11 school year. (2011 Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County)
SEARCH Homeless Services
Houston, Texas 77002
Since 1989, SEARCH Homeless Services has become one of the leading institutions in Houston that helps people move from the streets, into jobs, and safe, stable housing. SEARCH serves approximately 10,000 men, women, and children annually, or one in four of the people who experience homelessness in our community each year. SEARCH is located in Midtown, at the corner of Fannin and McGowen, an accessible location for our clients and partner agencies.
We pursue a mission of providing hope, creating opportunity, and transforming lives. SEARCH touches people by providing essential basic services such as food, laundry services, mail pick-up and showers. We focus on helping people experiencing homelessness envision and move to a life of self-sufficiency. We provide intense, one-on-one case management that helps people move from the streets into jobs and safe, stable housing.