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“Ending Chronic Homelessness: What Can We Learn from Houston’s Success?”

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Care For the Homeless presents:

“Ending Chronic Homelessness: What Can We Learn from Houston’s Success?”

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

2-4pm EDT on Zoom

Moderated by Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic for The New York Times


The City of Houston, the nation’s fourth most populous city, has received well-deserved recognition for successfully implementing a housing-first approach to addressing homelessness. According to The Way Home Continuum of Care 2023 Report, the overall number of people experiencing homelessness in the Houston region has decreased by 61% since 2011. In that timeframe, more than 28,000 people have transitioned directly into permanent housing. Additionally, they have succeeded in closing numerous homeless encampments across the city and saw a 17% reduction in unsheltered homelessness between 2022 and 2023.

This remarkable progress is the outcome of collaborative efforts spanning many years among various nonprofit organizations and local government partners. By leveraging resources effectively, this collaboration has successfully matched individuals experiencing homelessness with appropriate housing interventions.

Moderated by Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for The New York Times, this webinar will feature leaders from The Way Home Continuum of Care in Houston and representatives from New York City’s government and nonprofit sectors who will compare approaches to reducing homelessness. Together, we will explore transferable lessons to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness in New York City.

Welcome and Presentation by George Nashak, President and CEO of Care For the Homeless


Moderator: Michael Kimmelman
Architecture Critic, The New York Times
Alejandra Magaña
Program Director, Street to Home Queens, Breaking Ground
Amie Pospisil
Chief Operating Officer, Breaking Ground
Ana Rausch
VP of Program Operations, Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County 
Cassandra White- Hemphill
Deputy Commissioner, Street Homeless Solutions, NYC Department of Homeless Services
Cynthia English
Lived Experience Advocate 
Mandy Chapman Semple
Managing Partner, Clutch Consulting Group
Marc Eichenbaum
Special Assistant to the Mayor for Homeless Initiatives, City of Houston Mayor’s Office 

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Header photo: Outreach workers in Houston interviewing people living in a tent encampment. Christopher Lee for The New York Times.