The Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance & Innovation has named the City of Houston Texas and CSH as 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards Semifinalists for the "Embedded Expert Driving Social Transformation" model. The Innovations in American Government Awards program is a significant force in recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector, providing concrete evidence that government can work to improve the quality of life. Many award-winning models have been replicated.
The community of Houston, Texas has come together and committed to ambitious goals. Not only are its leaders focused on ending chronic homelessness, they want to transform lives by keeping people housed, healthy and out of poverty through workforce training and economic advancement. The progress already has been beyond expectations. The federal government has declared that Houston has effectively ended homelessness among veterans. Chronic homelessness has dropped by over 70%. And the City and surrounding areas are working to coordinate actions.