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Television Coverage

  • SEARCH Marks 30 Years of Serving Houston’s Homeless: (April 19, 2019) As SEARCH Homeless Services celebrated 30 years of serving the Houston community, hundreds gathered at the Annual Luncheon.
  • Two Houston Charities to Receive $10 Million to Fight Homelessness: (November 20, 2018) Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is donating nearly $100 million to some two dozen charities as part of a nationwide campaign to end homelessness.
  • I-45 Expansion Would Force Out Homeless Center: (August 3, 2017) It took four years for SEARCH Homeless Services to find a property to build its new headquarters, now it may have to start hunting for a new property all over again.
  • SEARCH Homeless Services Opens New Green Headquarters: (June 13, 2016) SEARCH Homeless Services celebrated the grand opening of its new Employment Services and Care Hub with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 13, 2016.
  • SEARCH Homeless Services Will Be Moving From Midtown to East Downtown: (May 14, 2015)  The nonprofit plans to leave its current HQ for this location.
  • Back to School with SEARCH and The Tasting Room, Fox 26: (July 2, 2012)  Fox News Anchor Mike Iscovitz interviewed The Tasting Room’s Executive Chef Steve Marks and SEARCH CEO Thao Costis about the 3rd Annual Back to School with SEARCH campaign.
  • Homeless Shelter Narrowly Escapes Closure : (May 4, 2012) Bread of Life was about to close their doors this past Friday. Thankfully, they were able to extend their services for another 2 months or so. See the interview and hear what Thao Costis had to say about the situation.
  • Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshal, KPRC : (April 15, 2012) SEARCH President/CEO, Thao Costis, weighs in on the pros and cons of the city’s efforts to streamline the feeding of Houston’s homeless population.
  • The Black Voice, Houston KRIV CH. 26 : (February 13, 2012) 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.
  • Hola, Houston KRIV CH. 26 : (January 21, 2012) 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 here to tell us more about that we have the Executive Director Thao Costis.
  • Jon Bon Jovi Listens to Houston’s Youth : (May 16,2011) Fox 26 News highlighted Jon Bon Jovi’s visit on behalf of the White House Council for Community Solutions.
  • Homeless Kids Create Amazing Works of Art: (May 9, 2011) ABC 13 staff members took a visit to SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures for a Phoenicia KID MKT Art Project workshop on Your Hometown Live.
  • Life anew : (January 6, 2011) 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.
  • Making Holidays Brighter: (December 21,2010) 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.
  • 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.

Radio Coverage

  • Homeless Count Determines Level Of Funding: (January 23, 2012) Thao Costis, president and CEO of SEARCH says the need for an accurate count is critical.
  • Cold and homeless: (January 11, 2011) Bill Stamps discusses SEARCH’s efforts to keep Houston’s homeless warm. Blankets are distributed in hopes of preparing for harsh weather.
  • Helping the Homeless Brace for the Cold: (January 4, 2010) Also covered by Channel 2, 11, 26, and Telemundo, this feature helped with our need for blankets and coat donations.
  • Homelessness Worsens in Houston: (October 4, 2009) 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.

Houston Chronicle

  • Free suits help men look sharp for job interviews (July 10, 2012): Career Gear, is a nonprofit organization in Houston that dresses men in business suits before they go on job interviews. The men are referred through social-service agencies such as Goodwill, SEARCH and SER-Jobs for Progress.
  • Decline in Homelessness Spurs Efforts to Build Long-term Housing (May 7, 2012): SEARCH client, Edwin Dansby, says he probably would still be on the streets if there hadn’t been an opening at the permanent supporting apartment complex.
  • Preschool Proves Itself to Homeless Mom (March 24, 2012): This piece focuses on one of our former clients and a current Board member/client representative, Wendi Hay, and our efforts to expand SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures.
  • A Story from Nation’s ‘most diverse’ Metro Area (March 23, 2012): This piece examines the diversity of Houston and focuses on Thao Costis, SEARCH Homeless Services President/CEO.
  • Help for the homeless (March 8, 2011): This response editorial piece submits that retaining the Homeless Housing and Services Program is both fiscally and morally responsible.
  • Innovative programs for the homeless pay dividends (March 4, 2011): State Representative Sylvester Turner and State Senator John Whitmire examine the benefits of homeless services on the community and taxpayers.
  • Sisters of the Street: (October 24, 2010) 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 exacerbate homelessness.  Their violent deaths raise the sense of urgency for more resources and aid to help the most vulnerable in our community.  We honor their lives and will not forget their struggles.
  • Poor child care appears to have long-term effects (May 14, 2010): Low-quality care in the first few years of life can have a small but long-lasting impact on a child’s learning and behavior, according to new results from the largest, most authoritative assessment of child rearing in the United States.
  • Study: Rent units better for homeless: (March 25, 2010): 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 with the cost of $743 month to place them in a two-bedroom apartment.
  • HomeAid adds care projects to assist homeless: (October 28, 2009) 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 Houston of Tiny Treasures with improvements valued at $32,000.

Press Releases

  • NCHV Releases Best Practices Publication for HVRP Grantees (August 22, 2012): Since 2003, NCHV has sought out successful, innovative Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) practices in providing employment services to homeless veterans. SEARCH is one of the top 20 profiles listed.
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