FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Susan Bolling, Executive Director
Westside Homeless Prevention Expands Services to Katy Community
Transforming Families in Crisis to Confident Self-Sufficiency
KATY, TEXAS – Westside Homeless Prevention (WHP) is excited to announce the expansion of its 9 month Hand-Up Housing program to the Katy community. Families who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness, who have a child enrolled in Katy ISD, are eligible to apply for the 9 month program and embark on the life changing work of becoming self-sufficient. Katy ISD reports that over 600 children are identified in the school district as at-risk for homelessness, and with no other programs like WHP available the need is great and the families are eager for an opportunity to improve their lives.
Over the past 22 years WHP has transformed the lives of 500+ families in the Spring Branch ISD and continues to be a unique program in the Houston area, as it provides a full 9 months for families to rebuild their lives. Families who participate in the WHP program receive comprehensive case management, including tapered financial support and coordinated support services. Parents are consistently able to find above minimum wage jobs, learn financial management skills, and attend parenting classes. And most importantly, 100% of children in the program remain in their same school without further disruptions to their education.
This expansion would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of 4 amazing Katy community activists, Chris Crockett, Rebecca Fox, Cheryl Hollabaugh and Karen Kessler. This group of ladies have researched the need, made connections in the community, hosted events to spread the word and raised funds to support the expansion.
“We have known for some time that the need for our unique Hand-Up Housing program was growing outside of our current boundaries in SBISD, and with the partnership of this wonderful group of Katy community activists, it was easy to make the plan to expand to Katy.” Susan Bolling, WHP Executive Director, “In the short 3 weeks since we officially launched the program we have already enrolled 2 Katy families and are currently screening more applicants. WHP is grateful for the opportunity to impact numerous Katy families who have nowhere else to turn and lead them on the path of self-sufficiency.”
Families who wish to apply are seen by appointment only and should call 713.973.8083 or can submit a request online at http://westsidehomeless.org/our-programs/need-help/.