Human Services

SEARCH Homeless Services

  • Houston, TX
  • www.searchhomeless.org

Mission Statement

SEARCH Homeless Services pursues a mission to provide hope, create opportunity, and transform lives for the thousands of men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in the Greater Houston area. SEARCH maintains a vision of a Houston without homelessness.

Main Programs

  1. Engage and Stabilize
  2. Educate
  3. Employ
  4. House

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

SEARCH serves men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in the Greater Houston Area.

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 1995

Self-reported

Ms. Thao Costis

Keywords

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SEARCH children food employment homeless

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EIN

76-0260403

 Number

5977490269

Physical Address

2015 Congress

Houston, TX 77002

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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On any given day, approximately 3,600 individuals in Houston experience homelessness. This number is down significantly from prior years, due in large part to our community's system-wide approach to tackling homelessness known as “The Way Home." SEARCH has been on the front lines of this coordinated effort and is a key implementer of The Way Home. After years of only managing the crises related to homelessness, we are now working towards a unified goal of ending homelessness and are seeing significant results. According to the Coalition for the Homeless' 2016 Annual Point-in-Time count, homelessness in Houston has decreased by 57% since 2011, continuing a four-year downward trend. The 2016 count showed 3,626 sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in the Houston area, compared to 8,538 in the 2011 count. Additionally, in June 2015 Mayor Parker announced that Houston has effectively ended veteran homelessness and that we are on track to end chronic homelessness by 2017.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Engage and Stabilize

SEARCH’s Outreach Team, which includes members specializing in connecting persons to mental health services, travels throughout Houston providing on-the-spot assessments, interventions, and referrals to individuals living on the streets. SEARCH’s experienced staff serve as Housing Assessors in the community-wide Coordinated Access system; they evaluate clients to determine housing needs and then make the appropriate matches. SEARCH’s Housing Navigators then facilitate the complex and often overwhelming process of finding and moving into a home once a client is approved for permanent housing. Disability specialists help individuals qualify for Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income, and consequently, Medicaid. Sites of services: on the street, SEARCH’s Care Hub, Coordinated Access storefront – adjacent to the Beacon, other agencies’ sites.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$1,006,523.00

Program 2

Educate

SEARCH's House of Tiny Treasures is a nationally accredited program that provides developmentally focused early childhood education to preschool-aged children who’ve experienced homelessness or at great risk of becoming homeless. Nutritious meals, education, and art, play, and speech therapy address students’ needs and prepare them to be successful in kindergarten and beyond while their parents attend classes or begin working. By investing in the children and their more stable lives, we can better break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and homelessness

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Homeless

Budget

$813,756.00

Program 3

Employ

Getting people back to work is a key goal of SEARCH in helping homeless individuals and families regain their independence. SEARCH is a key contributor to the community’s Income Now initiative. We offer job readiness assessments, access to skills training and employment placement assistance. Supplemental resources necessary to obtain employment are also provided, including work clothes, tools, bus tokens, and access to computers and voicemail.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,790,386.00

Program 4

House

SEARCH and The Way Home implements the nationally recognized Housing First model, which is based on the premise that stable housing is the first step on a path toward self-sufficiency. Knowing that newly housed residents will need ongoing attention and guidance to stabilize their lives, improve their health, and remain in housing, SEARCH co-locates our staff members at the various housing sites to provide skilled case management to assist residents achieve stability and gain self-sufficiency.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$3,657,724.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    There is a national effort to end chronic homelessness by 2017 and SEARCH has positioned itself to be a local leader in this movement. Following this charge, SEARCH conducted a thorough self study to determine where we can have the most impact in our community. As a result, SEARCH has streamlined its programs to focus on our strengths and creating more lasting outcomes for those we serve. SEARCH's focus, facilitating behavior change that assists people live self-sufficient, more healthful lives is what we do best. We will focus on helping three distinct population groups change their behavior and ultimately exit homelessness: chronically homeless, readily employable, and young children. While not always the easiest job, at SEARCH we are committed to this work.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

SEARCH serves men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in the Greater Houston Area.

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Accreditations

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation

Affiliations + Memberships

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc.

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Operations

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SEARCH Homeless Services

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Thao Costis

BIO

Thao Costis is SEARCH's President and CEO. She has been with the agency since 1995, serving in various capacities from Director of Development to Executive Vice President before taking on her current role in 2007. During her 20-year tenure, Thao has focused on how SEARCH can best help people who are homeless transform their lives and change how the community addresses this problem. Prior to SEARCH, she worked at the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County where she brought together 150 not-for-profit agencies to coordinate their efforts. Costis has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Texas and an MBA from the University of Houston.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"SEARCH Homeless Services continues to learn and evolve to strategically end the homeless experience. Some of the services that SEARCH had been delivering for many years are now provided by others. Our current facilities have also become inadequate to support the services that are now needed. And lastly, public resources and practices are changing at every level as they are applying what they have learned to more effectively end homelessness. The service delivery model throughout the nation is moving away from crisis driven, emergency services, which is more costly and inefficient, toward helping individuals within permanent housing access mainstream support. SEARCH is adjusting our service model and strategies in order to: Make significant, faster progress with clients to gain housing, income and healthier life. Increase our impact with clients we are best suited to serve, concentrating our efforts on job seekers, preschoolers, and people who are chronically homeless. Channel time, energy, and financial investments in areas where we are unique and most effective. Support the staff and community partners with better training and resources."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jonathan Brinsdan

Midway

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?


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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?