|HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined community partners this morning to tour the newly-opened Navigation Center, designed to provide individuals with a consistent, safe, and stable location as they transition from homelessness to housing.
Currently, 44 residents from the Fifth Ward and the newly decommissioned Chartres encampment reside at the Navigation Center. They are receiving onsite healthcare, employment, mental health, substance abuse counseling and other services.
The housing center, the first of its kind in Texas, has only been open for a little over a week and one person has already successfully moved into permanent housing.
«This is a great day for the City of Houston, but the future is even brighter» says Mayor Sylvester Turner. «The success of this facility is not how many people we get in, but how many people we get out and into housing of their own. The goal is for each resident to obtain housing with supportive services within 60 days of entry.»
Under the Turner administration, the City worked with Harris County and more than 100 agencies of The Way Home (Houston’s regional homeless response system) to permanently house more than 21,000 individuals experiencing homelessness, reducing homelessness by 30% since taking office.