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

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2014

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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, 2012, Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc.'s program expenses were:

HMIS 919,810
Lead agency support 613,102
Homeless service 112,579
Total Program Expenses: $1,645,491
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Chief Executive : Marilyn L. Brown, President & Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Stephen L. Williams
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Houston Department of Health & Human Services

Board Size: 23

Paid Staff Size: 17

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


Method(s) Used:

print advertisements, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,966,044, 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, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Government grants and fees 1,097,847
Contributions 868,197
Program service fees 247,686
Other income 2,227
Total Income $2,215,957


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 18% 

Total income $2,215,957
Program expenses $1,645,491
Fund raising expenses 134,695
Administrative expenses 401,585
Total expenses $2,181,771
Income in Excess of Expenses 34,186
Beginning net assets 742,400
Ending net assets 776,586
Total liabilities 50,613
Total assets $827,199

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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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