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Help the Homeless

Brooke Lewis
Posted on October 12, 2022   |   Updated on June 1
A group of people sharing a meal together

A group of men having a meal at Star of Hope in 1990. (Bettman/Getty Images)

Earlier this year, the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County counted roughly 3,223 homeless people in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. This unhoused population has decreased by 19% since 2020, but there are still thousands who need our help. Here are ways you can help those living on the streets: 

The Coalition

The Coalition for the Homeless helps move people to permanent housing. In January, you can assist with the Annual Homeless Account & Survey, which counts how many people are homeless within the city. And check this list for other volunteer opportunities with their partner organizations. 

The Beacon

The Beacon provides legal aid, counseling and other housing case management services. Wash clothes, fold laundry, help with client intake and serve meals Monday through Thursday at the Day Center from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attorneys can help at legal advice clinics or represent a client pro bono. They also need women to serve as mentors.

Covenant House

A shelter for homeless young people in Houston isn’t accepting applications for new volunteers. Instead, donate to the shelter. Or join their fundraising program for young professionals.

Star of Hope

Star of Hope has served Houston since 1907. If you’re looking to volunteer, you can sign up here. An organization or an individual can also sponsor a donation drive. They’re looking for baby wipes, deodorant, new twin size blankets, overnight maxi pads, large conditioner, large lotion, new underwear for men, women’s body wash, hairbrushes, jackets, coats, board games, puzzles, bath towels and baby wash. Donations can also be dropped off at 2320 Lamar or 2575 Reed Road throughout the week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m

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