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Houston, TX (Februrary 26, 2013)

The Salvation Army to Unveil First of its Kind “Drop-In Center” For Homeless Young Adults in Texas 

Houston, TX (February 26, 2013) – This month, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command received $1 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to setup Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless young adults in the state.  These funds were awarded to The Salvation Army as part of a new approach to housing homeless young adults between the ages of 18 to 25 years old.  Through this initiative The Salvation Army will provide housing and offer educational, job training and therapeutic support to homeless young adults with an overall focus on Trauma Recovery using elements of cognitive behavioral therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

As part of this effort, The Salvation Army will also open a day Drop-In Center for homeless young adults.          

“Right now there are no daytime services like these available for this population in the city of Houston.  There are many good agencies working very hard on various pieces of our community problem of homelessness, including young adults.  There are shelters for homeless individuals to stay at over night, but homeless young adults report they are not aware of daytime resources available for them during normal business hours,” says Gerald Eckert, director of Social Services for The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command. 

“We work with these clients already and we know that in a lot of their cases homelessness is a result of other serious problems.  Many of them have suffered very traumatic events in their lives and have never received any help.  Our hope is that through this new Drop-In Center we can help them begin to overcome traumatic events and get into and maintain a permanent housing situation.”

The Drop-In Center, which will open its doors in the spring, will offer intense one on one counseling services for participants as well as employment and educational services in downtown Houston.  Housing is the initial and important first step in stabilizing this vulnerable population.   

“We have been very successful in helping other homeless populations transition into permanent housing situations.  Part of our reason for proposing and frankly receiving the funding for this program and Drop-In Center have been our success rates to date,” explains Major Chris Flanagan, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command.     

The Salvation Army is one of the largest community service providing agencies in the local region.  On any given night the 124 year old nonprofit organization’s 5 housing facilities in the Greater Houston region provide the highest number of beds for homeless individuals.  In Houston alone, 700 men, women and children find a safe place to sleep at one of The Salvation Army’s four shelters in the metropolitan area every night.    

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In this community since 1889, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command serves Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties through youth programs, shelter, disaster relief, counseling, senior programs and rehabilitation. The mission of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is to meet human needs without discrimination. Each year over 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army. About 88.8 cents of every dollar raised locally is used to support those services in Houston and at close to 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information about The Salvation Army, please visit www.salvationarmyhouston.org.