Greg Snider has a question for the Houston Police Department that we don't find unreasonable but that HPD finds freakin' annoying: He says he wants to know why multiple police officers descended upon him, handcuffed him and shoved him in the back of a squad car for an hour after he gave a homeless d ... More >>
I am banging out this post in the dewey sweet ocean air of San Diego on Sunday morning. Since I make it to California like once every couple years, at best, I plan on spending Sunday watching football near the water somewhere (which I call "show prep" to you IRS auditors out there when I go to claim ... More >>
The Food and Drug Administration's approval Monday of a pill shown to reduce the risk of contracting HIV is a "game-changer," according to AIDS Foundation Houston's director of prevention services. The pill, Truvada, was shown to "cut the risk of infection in healthy gay and bisexual men by 42 perc ... More >>
Along with his wife Tonya Gleason, Houstonian homeless advocate Tyler Gleason was arrested yesterday and charged with child endagerment. Harris County Sheriff's deputies say that the couple left their five-month-old son in a car-seat in the median of FM 1960 near Kuykendahl while they solicited fu ... More >>
As founder and president of Healthcare for the Homeless -- Houston (HHH), Dr. David Buck is a busy man. So busy, in fact, he was taken aback when his office got a voice message from U.S. Representative Gene Green's wife Helen saying that she would like Dr. Buck to attend the Centennial First Lady's ... More >>
Groundbreaking is scheduled for tomorrow on an $18 million Midtown project that will include 192 housing units for homeless vets. Near the old Days Inn on Travis next to the 59 underpass, the Travis Street Plaza will include housing and support services for homeless and disabled veterans. The locat ... More >>
New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is SYDTHEMAN. (Or h ... More >>
Photo by Clyde Grantt.h.e. MisFit Crazy8 has often been labeled as unconventional and even "insane" for his socially conscious, occasionally sarcastic brand of hip-hop. Some have also criticized his direct contributions to the homeless in Houston. The altruistic rapper is attempting to help " ... More >>
Downtown DistrictThe new downtown guides will also "discourage aggressive panhandling"Downtown Houston has apparently been suffering a specific problem, and it's not that it looks like a ghost town after 5 p.m. No, apparently the downtown area is filled with confused, overwhelmed tourists w ... More >>
Video by Daniel Kramer and Monica Fuentes In this week's feature on the homeless and their prized possessions, we speculated that some, though certainly not all or even most of them, might subscribe to Kris Kristofferson's dictum: "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose." How else to ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com. Before you get into thi ... More >>
Raquel Munday: Aggressive towing policy left her helplessOver the summer and fall, three black women have been found strangled in and around the streets of downtown Houston.While some are starting to speculate that a serial killer is on the loose, at a news conference this week at HPD headquarter ... More >>
It's a different kind of panhandler in MidtownMidtown, that instant nightclub spot that emerged a few years ago near downtown, has enough to worry about right now, with Washington Avenue grabbing all the hip, trendy vibe.Now there may be something else to cause concern: Are the homeless getting a ... More >>
The greatest plan ever has been unveiled.Using absolutely no public funding, the city, by April 1, 2012, will get a 20,000 seat, $80 million Dynamo soccer/Texas State Southern University football stadium that will create a new section of downtown, which will undoubtedly boom with economic growth, ... More >>
The author of Strength in What Remains discusses his relationship with his most famous subject, Deogratias Niyizonkiza
The troubled people whom Houston police officers hate to see headed their way.
Christ Church Cathedral launched another round of heavy artillery in its ongoing battle with disgruntled neighbor Harry C. Arthur on Saturday afternoon, in the form of carrying out as usual its annual holiday luncheon for the homeless and otherwise needy.Arthur recently sued the church in an effo ... More >>
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Todd Mason is the vice president of real estate services for Metro. At the time of his hiring, there was some concern that by hiring Mason and dabbling in big-time real estate development at and around Metro properties, the transit organization was extending itself far beyond its mission statemen ... More >>
Photo courtesy savejwilljones.com At J. Will Jones Elementary, workers are busy retrofitting, and the staff is getting ready to leave for good. "It's sad to walk through the building and see all the rooms empty, the library stripped clean," Brian Flores, the former principal, tells Hair Ball ... More >>
Photo courtesy CHOMThe people at the Beacon can use a good distraction. Since the start of the new year, the homeless day center has seen a 20 to 30 percent increase in clients as more people fall victim to the worsening economy. Tracy Burnett, the director at Cathedral Health and Outreach Ministr ... More >>
It was the trial of the century! Well, err, maybe not ... but to Nick Cooper it felt like it took that long to finally get the right to fight a traffic ticket in Houston's municipal court.In early May 2007, Cooper was handing out apples to a group of homeless people in an alley near the 2000 block o ... More >>
Weighing In Across the Board
Recycling in and out of shelters and programs, they always seem to land back on the streets.
Filmmaker Van Blumreich gives us the skinny on his Fury
The candidate's fame is based on his POW status, but he has abandoned his fellow veterans time and time again
Time magazine's star speaks out
It's off to war with the Food Fight Lunch Mob
At two new shows, it's half the substance, all the style
A lucky few homeless people experience life ten miles out from the Pierce Elevated
How can homeless sex offenders comply with the registration laws?
Two new installations at the Galveston Arts Center explore the darker sides of life
Locked in a labyrinth of codependency, Lolly and Roger spend their days warily together
Saturday, December 20
A new group wants to push an anti-flooding agenda
State District Judge Jane Bland
Blues 2 Joy writes a new testament for the devil's music
Westheimer Street Festival and the TABC
A lack of lodging. Snarled transportation. Searing summer heat. No matter. Houston boosters say the Bayou City will be unbeatable in the bidding for the 2012 Olympics.
The man behind Seinfeld moves to the big screen
For years, the city has been promising housing for the poor. But those promises have been trampled by politics and a desire for quick profits.