HomeAid Houston's outreach program "Essentials Baskets", is partnering with Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County to provide "Welcome Home" and "Plentiful Pantry" baskets to families and individuals housed through The Way Home program.
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.
Homeless individuals have often been homeless for weeks or months before accessing services available to them through homeless service providers. Many have been evicted and left their household goods and belongings behind with no means to store them for future use.
"Many people moving into housing don't have the necessary items to make a house a home," said Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston. "It is a fact that people who are in a comfortable housing situation are more likely to remain housed than people in a bare, four-walled apartment. These baskets provide the essentials that can make all the difference."
With donations of essentials for both the "Welcome Home" and "Plentiful Pantry" baskets, families and individuals no longer have to face restless nights or worry about being hungry. Donations of food, home items and gift cards help people who were once homeless, heal and become successful in their new lives off the streets. The basic basket items that can provide comfort and hope to Houston's homeless include household, cooking, hygiene and cleaning.
“HomeAid’s partnership with The Way Home’s “Welcome Home Fund” is an exciting opportunity for us to work together as we continue our collaborative model to prevent and end homelessness in Houston. Together we can help our displaced Houstonians turn the corner toward building a better life. We look forward to growing and continuing this partnership for many years to come."
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.
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, 42 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.