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The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead in the development and implementation of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness. In 1982 at the request of then Harris County Judge Jon Lindsey and Houston Mayor Kathryn Whitmire, the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County (the Coalition) was founded by area homeless social service providers to address the exploding demographic emerging of people who were homeless as a result of local economic deterioration. In 1988, the Coalition incorporated as a 501(c)(3).
The Goals of the Coalition include, but are not limited to, establishing, maintaining, and assisting those entities that serve the needs of people who are homeless though advocacy, education, information exchange, collection of current and accurate data relevant to homeless issues, identification of gaps in homeless services and development of solutions to meet those needs, coordination of public and private resources, and dissemination of information and referral sources to those who are homeless or at risk.