Human Services

SEARCH Homeless Services

  • Houston, TX
  • www.SEARCHhomeless.org

Mission Statement

SEARCH Homeless Services was founded in 1989 by a group of concerned citizens and volunteers responding to the growing number of men, women, and children living on Houston’s streets. Initially, the organization served as a day shelter offering meals, showers, laundry service, and a mailing address. Over the course of 26 years, SEARCH has evolved and grown into a leading institution in Houston, helping homeless individuals take action, regain self-sufficiency, and build a healthier life. In 2015, SEARCH served 6,175 men, women and children in our community. Many of our clients require long-term support and a combination of housing, case management, mental and physical health care, all of which they can access through SEARCH and its partner agencies. Taking a client-centered approach, SEARCH professionals “meet people where they are.” Case managers learn and apply evidence-based practices depending on the individual program and client needs. Non-confrontational counseling approaches demonstrate respect for the individual and attempt to increase awareness of behavior by helping clients think differently about their actions and consider what can be gained through change.

Main Programs

  1. Engage
  2. Stabilize
  3. Educate
  4. Employ
  5. Housing

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ruling year

1989

chief executive

Ms. Thao Costis

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Keywords

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EIN

76-0260403

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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

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Programs

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Program 1

Engage

Our Mobile Outreach Program travels to common gathering areas for homeless individuals and provides on-the-spot assessment, assistance, intervention, and referrals to over 1,200 individuals per year. Equipped with food, water, clothing, and blankets, our engagement staff provide a lifeline to people who need help. SEARCH's experienced case managers serve as the Housing Assessors for 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 through the Coordinated Access system.

Category

Budget

$1,006,523.00

Population Served

Homeless

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 2

Stabilize

Due to the underlying challenges that contribute to homelessness, the lives of these individuals and families are often in chaos. Their lack of steady income and the security of a home intensify whatever social, physical, and psychological challenges they face. Stabilization Services provides intensive case management for those facing enormous challenges, targeting the chronically homeless as well as homeless individuals who are mentally ill or who have chronic health conditions. The latter are assigned disability specialists who help them navigate the complex process of obtaining social security/disability income. SEARCH also collaborates with Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston to provide on-site medical and dental care.

Category

Budget

$340,226.00

Population Served

Homeless

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 3

Educate

Only three years after SEARCH was founded, it become apparent that our adult clients needed quality care for their children while they actively searched for a job or returned to school. Thus, SEARCH opened its House of Tiny Treasures in 1992. This nationally accredited early childhood education program provides developmentally-appropriate early childhood education for children ages two to five while their parents attend classes and begin working. Nutritious meals, education and intensive art, play and speech therapy fulfill student needs. HTT is Houston's most recognized therapeutic center dedicated to providing the youngest victims of homelessness with essential opportunities that prepare children to succeed in a mainstream kindergarten classroom. HTT anticipates serving 55 children in 2016, along with their siblings and parents. In August 2016, SEARCH will open a second House of Tiny Treasures, and our capacity will increase from 32 children to 104 children.

Category

Budget

$813,756.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Homeless

Program 4

Employ

Finding work is a primary component of helping homeless individuals move toward independence. SEARCH offers job readiness assessments, skills training, employment placement assistance, and case management services. Clients work closely with a case manager/employment counselor to ensure that their job search and subsequent employment is successful, and that they receive the supplemental resources necessary to obtain employment, such as work clothes, basic tools, bus tokens, meals, access to computers, telephone, and voicemail. Ongoing peer support and coaching are also provided in the form of a Job Club in order to enhance clients' long-term employment success.

Category

Budget

$1,790,386.00

Population Served

Homeless

Other Named Groups

Program 5

Housing

Using the nationally recognized Housing First model, SEARCH connects clients to permanent, affordable, supported housing through partnerships with New Hope Housing, Housing Corporation, Housing Authorities, and other housing providers. Case managers co-locate at residential sites to help formerly homeless individuals obtain the supportive services they need to remain successfully housed and to assimilate into the community. SEARCH also supports scattered-site housing for individuals and families to secure affordable housing throughout Houston and Harris County. This program combines housing assistance with on-going case management.

Category

Budget

$3,657,724.00

Population Served

Adults

Homeless

Other Named Groups

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    There is a national effort to end homelessness by 2016. 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.

Social Media

@searchhomelessservices

@SEARCHhomeless

Affiliations + Memberships

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast

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

Accreditations

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

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Thao Costis

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"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’ve 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. Colin Fulton

Boyar & Miller

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