HomeAid Houston's outreach initiative "Essentials Baskets", an ongoing partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County's - The Way Home program, is putting out a call to the public to assist the thousands displaced by Hurricane Harvey. HomeAid is doing this by expanding its "Essentials Baskets" initiative to focus on these displaced Houstonians who are moving into temporary housing. HomeAid is requesting the "Essentials Baskets" include more home goods items that include new bedding, towels, shower curtains, kitchen utensils as well as hygiene and cleaning products. The individuals and families who are affected by the floods, have typically left their homes with just the clothes on their backs. These essentials are immediate needs for individuals and families as they begin to rebuild their lives.
The Way Home is a collaborative model to prevent and end homelessness in Houston, Pasadena, Conroe and Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties. The program comprises more than 100 partners from all areas of the community, and is committed to making data-driven decisions to enact long-term, sustainable solutions for solving homelessness.
"HomeAid's "Essentials Baskets" is an ideal initiative to help the thousands who have been forced to move into temporary housing due to this natural disaster," said Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston. "We know everyone wants to reach out and help, especially those who are still without a home. Providing new bedding, kitchen basics and hygiene products can make all the difference as we work to contribute to Houston's recovery."
Many of the displaced have been staying in shelters for days and going into weeks, waiting on news about the prospect of returning home, and many of them will not be able to return any time soon, if at all.
Items can be collected for the baskets by individuals or organizations. HomeAid will help organize the items and identify the agencies that can ensure they are delivered to the appropriate people.
ABOUT THE WAY HOME
Since 2011, The partners of The Way Home have worked together to reduce overall homelessness by more than 57%. Houston is leading the nation in solving homelessness and is also a national model for other communities.
ABOUT HOMEAID HOUSTON
HomeAid Houston is a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association that builds transformational housing for the homeless. HomeAid was started in 2003, and the first shelter was dedicated in 2005. Since then, 45 projects have been completed, adding over 437 beds and 12.6 million dollars in real estate construction and improvements to Houston’s homeless community. Annually, HomeAid's projects serve over 5000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in Houston.
For more information on HomeAid and HomeAid "Essentials Baskets" visit www.homeaidhouston.org or http://www.homeaidhouston.org/outreach-Community-Outreach--21.cfm or call 281-970-8970.