The Downtown District Safe & Clean Program strives to make downtown Houston an attractive place to live, work and visit. These highly visible teams of safety guides and maintenance and cleaning teams provide daily services to maintain safety and cleanliness within the district. In addition, the District works very closely with the Mayor's office and the Houston Police Department on initiatives focused on civility, health and safety.
In May 2017, Mayor Sylvester Turner met with over 70 faith leaders representing diverse congregations from across Houston to launch the Meaningful Change- Not Spare Change
campaign to address panhandling.
The Meaningful Change campaign asks Houstonians to resist the urge to give to panhandlers, and instead invest in The Way Home
. Houstonians can donate to the Meaningful Change campaign online at www.meaningfulchange.org
. One-hundred percent of all donations will go directly to The Way Home's Welcoming Home Fund to help homeless individuals move off the streets into permanent housing by providing furniture, household basics, and housing deposits.
The Meaningful Change campaign is just one part of the City's holistic approach to addressing homelessness. The Way Home, a collaborative of more than 100 partners- including the City of Houston - are working together to solve homelessness by getting homeless individuals into permanent housing as quickly as possible, and then providing them with voluntary supportive services to help them remain in housing. The Way Home is leading the nation in solving homelessness; since the collaborative began, more than 8,000 homeless individuals have been placed into permanent housing, and overall homelessness has decreased by more than 57% in Greater Houston.