Mayor's Office for Homeless Initiatives

Please note: The Mayor’s Office for Homeless Initiatives does NOT provide direct services.

The Mayor’s Office for Homeless Initiatives (MOHI) manages the City of Houston’s response to homelessness by coordinating the efforts of various City agencies, including the Housing and Community Development Department, the Health and Human Services Department, the Houston Police Department and others. The MOHI develops best practice-oriented public policy for the City of Houston, while guiding the City’s participation in ongoing regional planning activities.

Externally, the MOHI coordinates directly with the federal, state and regional governments, national experts and local housing authorities. Additionally, the office works closely with private, philanthropic, faith-based, neighborhood and local homeless service organizations to advance Houston’s regional response to homelessness known as ‘The Way Home.’

The MOHI provides vital leadership to The Way Home and works closely with its’ lead agency, the Coalition for the Homeless, and over 100 public and private agencies to prevent and reduce homelessness using the data-driven, national best practice of ‘Housing First.’ By providing supportive housing to the homeless, Housing First breaks and ends the cycle of homelessness. Since 2012, The Way Home and its’ partners have permanently housed over 8,000 individuals and families, with 90% still housed to this day, resulting in an overall reduction in homelessness of over 57% since 2011 and making The Way Home arguably the most successful big city homeless response initiative in the United States.