Better Business Bureau Report for
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc.
Address: 600 Jefferson, Suite 2050
  Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-739-7514
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1988, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To lead in the development and implementation of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County (the”Coalition“) serves those who serve the homeless and acts as a “backbone organization” providing support and coordination for the community response to homelessness. In this role, the Coalition guides improvement of Houston’s homeless service system, develops comprehensive strategies that address root causes of homelessness and provides for better infrastructure to prevent and reduce homelessness by aligning community resources and offering support to over 200 homeless service agencies. The goal of the Coalition is the creation of a homeless service system that achieves reduction in new instances of, length of, and returns to homelessness and meets the varying needs of homeless sub-populations such as unaccompanied youth, veterans, and families with children. Significant responsibilities of the Coalition include serving as the Lead Agency in coordinating the metropolitan area’s Continuum of Care for those who are homeless, the Homeless Management Information System that captures community-wide homeless data, and the annual Homeless Census and Needs Assessment program that guides strategic, collaborative and systemic improvements to service programs for Houston’s homeless. The Coalition also manages the collaborative application to secure an allocation of $24 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Houston’s homeless service providers and oversees system wide programs such as Community Voice Mail, Homeless Court, and an Information and Referral helpline.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Lead agency support 906,014
HMIS 609,514
Homeless services 93,332
Total Program Expenses: $1,608,860
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Chief Executive : Marilyn Brown, President/CEO

Chair of the Board: Andrew Teas, Vice President of Public Affairs
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Houston Apartment Association

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 16

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,877,626, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Government grants and fees 1,032,353
Contributions 845,273
Program service fees 277,152
Other income 41,170
Loss on valuation of pledges receivable -60,000
Total Income $2,135,948


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 75%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 18% 

Total income $2,135,948
Program expenses $1,608,860
Fund raising expenses 159,287
Administrative expenses 381,005
Total expenses $2,149,152
Expenses in Excess of Income (13,204)
Beginning net assets 776,586
Ending net assets 763,382
Total liabilities 186,365
Total assets $949,747

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The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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