• Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Mayor Parker Talks Crime Lab, Rape Kits, and Human Rights at State of the City

    The biggest applause for Mayor Annise Parker's third State of the City speech probably came when she talked about creating an independent forensics crime lab and when she talked about the work in helping to eliminate a backlog of untested rape kits. That was part of the speech she gave this afterno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Putting Lives Back Together at Beacon Day Shelter

    There is a shelter smack dab in the middle of downtown Houston where those who are homeless are welcome to go. There are no beds, and no overnight hours. This place, decorated with a scattered array of cafeteria tables and not much more, is known as The Beacon. This is a homeless shelter for the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Reality Check: Calling the Side of the Freeway Home

    Way out in the west Houston suburbs, there is a tent sitting on the banks of the freeway. It is obviously someone's home, and has been for a while. It is surrounded by milk crates and bags of clothing, and I always find myself surprised at how neatly everything is stacked. Care has been taken with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Guy Says He Gave Homeless Man 75 Cents, Wound Up Handcuffed in Back of Cop Car

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    It Returns! BATTLE-DRINK, The Houston Texans BINGO Drinking Game, Monday Night Opener Edition

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    That New HIV Drug is Great (if You Can Afford it)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Tyler Gleason: The Messianic Facebook Manifesto of the Man Who Allegedly Left His Baby in the Sun on FM 1960

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    May 18, 2012

    Healthcare for Homeless Head Meets Michelle Obama, Gets Big Surprise Check

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Midtown to Get 192-Unit Housing Unit for Homeless Vets

    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 >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011

    Lost Boys

    New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    SYDTHEMAN: Don't Get On This Guy's Nerves

    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 ​This is SYDTHEMAN. (Or h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Crazy8 Giving Back With New Release

    Photo by Clyde Grant​t.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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Houston's Bustling Downtown Now Has Guides, Who Will Also Deal With Panhandlers & the Homeless

    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 >>

  • News

    January 20, 2011

    Prized Possessions

    Homeless in Houston share their most important objects.

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Cover Story: Prized Possessions

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    A Thousand Cranes: Philosophical, Confessional And Loud

    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 ​Before you get into thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    HPD: There Might Be A Serial Killer Downtown. Or Maybe Not.

    Raquel Munday: Aggressive towing policy left her helpless​Over 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Are The Homeless Ruining Midtown?

    It's a different kind of panhandler in Midtown​Midtown, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    The Dynamo Stadium Plan Is Magic

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    You Don't Like Our Homeless? We'll Up The Ante!!

    ​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 >>

  • News

    November 19, 2009
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    November 6, 2009

    Metro Vice President To Homeless: Stay Off Our Train

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    A Homeless Night To Help The Homeless

    Photo courtesy of SEARCH​Want to experience the joys of homelessness -- sleeping under the stars, free dinner -- without any of the risk (or just support the cause of trying to end the problem)?On November 14 local non-profit SEARCH Homeless Services will host its second annual "SleepOut" event, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    New Way To Help The Homeless In Houston

    Photo by Mike GiglioThe "After Dark" shelter program at St. John's Bread of Life is up and running, giving Houston a small push toward the method of dealing with homelessness that has been embraced for years in much of the country. The conversion of the former day center -- located on corner of Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Hydrating The Homeless In Houston

    Photo by shrff14 On a recent afternoon of triple-digit heat, Big Country was passed out on his back in Tranquility Park. He awoke with a roar. "God! It's so hot!" Country grabbed his suitcase and made for the air-conditioned library. He was stopped at the door. Suitcases, at least battered one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Houston Homeless Get Their Own, Unofficial Library

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    After Three Tries, Homeless Advocate Gets His Day In Court -- And Loses

    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 >>

  • News

    March 19, 2009

    Houston's Working Class Gets Bumped by the Crashing Economy: Hardcore Homeless

    Recycling in and out of shelters and programs, they always seem to land back on the streets.

  • News

    October 16, 2008

    John McCain's Neglected Veterans

    The candidate's fame is based on his POW status, but he has abandoned his fellow veterans time and time again

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2007
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    February 21, 2007

    We Hear Houston Is Lovely. Have You Tried There?

    Daniel Kramer Michael Lyddon slept on this bench at night because he had nowhere else to go. According to elected officials in Fort Bend, though, he doesn't exist. More poor people live in suburbs than in cities. Surprising, no? The homeless population in suburban Fort Bend County is surging, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2006

    Choose Your Own Press Cover

    Photos by Keith Plocek for HouStoned Images Ltd., Ulmtd. In advertising, this is called "added value." Hard-hitting news, in-depth features, first-rate reviews — these are what make the paper version of HouStoned so darn respectable. But let's be honest: A lot of y'all pick up the Press ju ... More >>

  • News

    September 7, 2006

    Sloppy Seconds

    It's off to war with the Food Fight Lunch Mob

  • Calendar

    July 6, 2006
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    May 4, 2006
  • Culture

    June 30, 2005

    Art Lite

    At two new shows, it's half the substance, all the style

  • News

    March 31, 2005

    Life on the Sunny Side

    A lucky few homeless people experience life ten miles out from the Pierce Elevated

  • News

    January 20, 2005

    No Way Out

    How can homeless sex offenders comply with the registration laws?

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2004

    Signs of Struggle

    Two new installations at the Galveston Arts Center explore the darker sides of life

  • News

    September 2, 2004
  • News

    June 10, 2004

    Love Hurts

    Locked in a labyrinth of codependency, Lolly and Roger spend their days warily together

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    A Bevy of Benefits

    Saturday, December 20

  • News

    July 31, 2003

    Watershed Election?

    A new group wants to push an anti-flooding agenda

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Civil Judge

    State District Judge Jane Bland

  • Music

    July 12, 2001

    Sacred Blues

    Blues 2 Joy writes a new testament for the devil's music

  • News

    February 10, 2000

    Out in the Street

    Westheimer Street Festival and the TABC

  • Film

    May 14, 1998

    The Larry David Show

    The man behind Seinfeld moves to the big screen

  • News

    November 13, 1997
  • News

    August 17, 1995

    Houston's Housing

    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.

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