Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness

Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness Student-led service and advocacy group focused on tackling systemic poverty and homelessness in Houston. Find out more at: coalition.rice.edu
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The purpose of this organization is: 1. To develop sustainable programs providing immediate relief services to the homeless and economically disadvantaged. This may come in the form of, but is not limited to, monthly preparation and delivery of sack lunches for the homeless, hygiene kit distributions, and volunteer placements at local non-profits servicing the economically disadvantaged. 2. To cultivate sustainable programs providing long-term reincorporation services to the homeless and economically disadvantaged. This may come in the form of, but is not limited to, serving as volunteer agents for the economically disadvantaged via resume development, job application assistance, and public housing placement support. 3. To hold educational events that provide students and community members with a more nuanced understanding of the challenges associated with homelessness, the difficulties in becoming reincorporated, innovative ideas in addressing urban poverty, and the network of services currently being offered for the economically disadvantaged in the city of Houston. 4. To serve as an incubator for creative social entrepreneurship projects geared towards the economically disadvantaged. This may come in the form of, but is not limited to, holding “Creativity in Service” competitions and offering scholarships for project ideas/implementations aimed at addressing urban poverty. 5. To collaborate with citywide non-profits and relief agencies in providing services to the homeless and economically disadvantaged of Houston, Texas. ... Join our listserv: http://CoalitionRice.LaunchRock.com ... Learn more about our partners: Food Not Bombs https://www.facebook.com/houstonfoodnotbombs Emergency Aid Coalition http://www.eachouston.org/ Star of Hope Mission http://www.sohmission.org/NetCommunity/ Turning Point Center http://www.turningpointcenter.org/ Palmer Way Station http://palmerchurch.org/ministry/serve/outreach/way-station/ The Salvation Army Houston http://www.salvationarmyhouston.org/ The Beacon http://www.chomhouston.org/default.aspx?name=chom.thebeacon Search Homeless Services http://www.searchhomeless.org/ Houston Coalition for the Homeless http://www.homelesshouston.org/

Mission: The mission of the Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness (RCoHH) is to develop service and advocacy programs for the homeless and economically disadvantaged of urban Houston. Through a combination of direct relief efforts, long-term reincorporation projects, and on-campus educational events, the group intends to focus on providing both immediate and enduring support to this community in need. We're looking for volunteers (Rice students or members of the greater Houston community) interested in implementing new and creative solutions to improve the lives of Houston's homeless, unemployed, and low-income communities.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/homeless-people-coronavirus-california_n_5e6978a5c5b6dda30fc2d2ceThis article focused on ...
05/26/2020
Homeless People Are Especially At Risk Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/homeless-people-coronavirus-california_n_5e6978a5c5b6dda30fc2d2ce

This article focused on homelessness in California, which is one of the states with the highest number of reported COVID cases. Though there have been health measures in place to try to slow the spread in homeless populations, such as distributing hand sanitizer in shelters and setting up hand washing stations, homeless advocacy groups point out that there needs to be more efforts made. Many people in homeless communities are seniors or have chronic health conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus. Some cities, such as San Francisco, have set up emergency funds towards cleaning shelters and setting up more hand-washing stations, however, groups such as the Coalition on Homelessness are also pushing for halting evictions and encampment sweeps, to encourage more rest and connection with outreach workers. Some temporary measures to improve the situation that are being suggested include taking setting aside more spaces for quarantine, and to push for more resources.

In California, where both homelessness and COVID-19 cases are on the rise, cities are rushing to help unhoused people — but advocates worry it won’t be e...

Coronavirus: Homeless families lose key support as schools close"Health experts advise closing schools, but for unstably...
04/26/2020
Coronavirus: Homeless families lose key support as schools close

Coronavirus: Homeless families lose key support as schools close

"Health experts advise closing schools, but for unstably housed families, that brings difficult choices, increased risk."

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/coronavirus-homeless-families-lose-key-support-schools-close-200327164626445.html

Health experts advise closing schools, but for unstably housed families, that brings difficult choices, increased risk.

COVID-19 is affecting the entire world, including the homeless population in America. With the closing of public spaces ...
04/13/2020
Cities struggle to protect vulnerable homeless populations as coronavirus spreads

COVID-19 is affecting the entire world, including the homeless population in America. With the closing of public spaces such as restaurants and libraries, the homeless population lost access to restrooms and places to sanitize themselves. Additionally, it is difficult to practice social distancing within homeless shelters. The government has explored opening up vacant hotel rooms as a solution.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/cities-struggle-to-protect-vulnerable-homeless-populations-as-coronavirus-spreads/2020/03/20/1144249c-67be-11ea-b5f1-a5a804158597_story.html

Those who can’t self-quarantine or practice proper hygiene are particularly vulnerable.

Hi everyone! The 2020-2021 officer application for Coalition Rice is now open, and can be found here: https://forms.gle/...
04/10/2020
Coalition Rice 2020-2021 Officer Application

Hi everyone!

The 2020-2021 officer application for Coalition Rice is now open, and can be found here: https://forms.gle/ZNvR8PAYeFYNAAsH8. Consider applying if you'd like to be more involved with our club!

The deadline is Friday, April 17th at 11:59 PM. If you have any questions or need an extension, please reach out to Jennifer Ho ([email protected]) or Evelyn Syau ([email protected]).

If you'd like to apply to hold a Board position in Coalition Rice, please fill out this form. Due Friday, April 17th at 11:59 pm. Description of roles: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-sR9rEtHsN1THaWosZwDFscXsDM0d7WL-TMghn1Xlg8/edit?usp=sharing If you have any further questions about the duties....

Hi everyone! Since our Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Event will be virtual, we will be posting relevant articles wee...
04/06/2020
New York City Has Done Almost Nothing to Protect 70,000 People in its Homeless Shelters From Coronavirus Spread

Hi everyone! Since our Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Event will be virtual, we will be posting relevant articles weekly to continue the conversation of how people experiencing homelessness are being affected during the pandemic.

https://theintercept.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-new-york-city-homeless-shelters/

Shelters are crowded places with shared equipment that make social distancing for those who are homeless nearly impossible. Case managers work from home, an option that those who are homeless do not have and as a result, make them feel left behind. New York aims to reduce crowded street encampments through forced removal of homeless encampments on public property but they are ineffective because the homeless just move to invisible encampments or get arrested in crowded jails, neither of which solve the overcrowding problem. There are many vacant hotels that could be offered as housing for those on the streets but a policy like this is not a priority for the New York government.
Implications: Healthcare policies catered towards those who are homeless have not been understanding of homeless’s limitations in carrying out their advice. Ignoring concerns of those who are homeless are potentially fatal during the COVID-19 crisis.

“To treat us like the dregs of society is not nice. We all are equally important and I wish sometimes people would see that.”

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03/07/2020

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02/01/2020

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Have you thought about holiday gifts yet? Is your friend's birthday coming up? Do you need a unique, qUiRkY gift for you...
11/16/2019

Have you thought about holiday gifts yet? Is your friend's birthday coming up? Do you need a unique, qUiRkY gift for your boo? Do you want to trick your family members and non-Rice friends into thinking you spent a lot of money on a customized gift? Send in a laser-cut order at https://forms.gle/KcEDEz6pk4oZqaiP8!!! The funds raised will go to Rice's Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness.
$9 for custom made designs (you send in an image you draw/create yourself) and $7 for pre-existing ones (see link for more details.)
The link will close on Wednesday, 11/20

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11/07/2019

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10/31/2019

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09/09/2019

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Good news, Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness is continuing our laser cutting fundraiser this semester! We can cu...
09/05/2019

Good news, Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness is continuing our laser cutting fundraiser this semester!

We can cut any designs that you want for $7-9 including door signs, coasters, personalized gifts, and cool room decor.

To order a custom laser cut wood print and support us in helping the homeless, click here.

https://forms.gle/cpsgZhnnwhZ7F8bc6

Here are some examples!

Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness's cover photo
04/11/2019

Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness's cover photo

Come to our homelessness panel event on April 6th!
03/04/2019

Come to our homelessness panel event on April 6th!

A big thank you to all of y'all who came to our March Sandwiches for All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwic...
03/03/2019

A big thank you to all of y'all who came to our March Sandwiches for All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwiches and snack packs! See y'all next month!

A big thank you to all of y'all who came to our March Sandwiches for All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwiches and snack packs! See y'all next month!

Don't know what to get your gf/bf for Valentine's Day? Too broke to get an expensive gift? Coalition Rice can help!We ha...
02/09/2019

Don't know what to get your gf/bf for Valentine's Day? Too broke to get an expensive gift? Coalition Rice can help!
We have some ~special~ Valentine's Day designs that you can order for our laser cutting fundraiser. These cute designs are perfect to get for your mans/girl/crush/best friends/whoever! And they're only $6! ($8 if you decide to order a custom design instead)

Order by the end of today (2/9!) so we can get them to you in time for Valentine's Day! Our order form can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dB5URLzbsL5Ao7CQkYfcSHx64xtM104WtVZYwkdMEUM/edit

Photos from our February Sandwiches for All event! Thanks to your help, we made 200 sandwiches and snack-packs to distri...
02/02/2019

Photos from our February Sandwiches for All event! Thanks to your help, we made 200 sandwiches and snack-packs to distribute to shelters in the greater Houston area. See y'all next month!

Photos from our February Sandwiches for All event! Thanks to your help, we made 200 sandwiches and snack-packs to distribute to shelters in the greater Houston area. See y'all next month!

After fulfilling 66 orders last fall, Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness is continuing our laser cutting fundrais...
01/27/2019

After fulfilling 66 orders last fall, Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness is continuing our laser cutting fundraiser into this semester!

We can print any designs that you want - door signs, coasters, bookmarks, Valentine’s Day gifts 👀😩😏, cute room decor, we can do it all. You can either send us a picture of a design you want or you can be ~artsy~ and make your own design!

With that being said, if you want to order a custom laser cut wood print to support us, go to this link! —> https://forms.gle/cpsgZhnnwhZ7F8bc6

For just $6-8, you can support our organization & also get a super cool laser cut print! ($6 for a pre-existing design, $8 for a custom one!)

Below are some of the prints that we’ve done so far:

Thank you to everyone who came out to our November Sandwiches For All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwiches...
11/11/2018

Thank you to everyone who came out to our November Sandwiches For All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwiches and snack packs that we'll be distributing to Houston shelters such as SEARCH and Emergency Aid Coalition. See you at our next event (including our boba sale tonight)!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our November Sandwiches For All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwiches and snack packs that we'll be distributing to Houston shelters such as SEARCH and Emergency Aid Coalition. See you at our next event (including our boba sale tonight)!

A big thanks to all the volunteers and their families who came out to help us! With everyone's help, we made over 200 sa...
10/13/2018

A big thanks to all the volunteers and their families who came out to help us! With everyone's help, we made over 200 sack lunches in just one hour. Thank you so much and we can't wait to see you next month! Feel free to tag yourselves or your friends.

A big thanks to all the volunteers and their families who came out to help us! With everyone's help, we made over 200 sack lunches in just one hour. Thank you so much and we can't wait to see you next month! Feel free to tag yourselves or your friends.

A big shout-out to all the volunteers who came to our first Sandwiches-For-All Event and made it a success! We made 215 ...
09/03/2018

A big shout-out to all the volunteers who came to our first Sandwiches-For-All Event and made it a success! We made 215 PB&J sandwiches/sack lunches in less than one hour :)

04/25/2017

10 MINUTES UNTIL BOBA!

If you want to make boba with us (as much as you want), come to the Jones Kitchen and bring $5!

A big shout-out to all the volunteers who came to our February SFA event and helped out yesterday! We made 662 sandwiche...
02/20/2017

A big shout-out to all the volunteers who came to our February SFA event and helped out yesterday! We made 662 sandwiches and sack lunches in total :)

Terrific piece by Isabelle Soifer, former OWLSHelp Consultant -- on the importance of having comprehensive, individualiz...
09/05/2015
Soifer: Combating poverty, one person and one policy at a time

Terrific piece by Isabelle Soifer, former OWLSHelp Consultant -- on the importance of having comprehensive, individualized approaches to addressing poverty and homelessness.

http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Soifer-Combating-poverty-one-person-and-one-6486061.php

Nearly 400,000 individuals were estimated to be living in households with Supplemental Security Income, cash public assistance income or the federal assistance program known as food stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. According to Truong Lam, a member of Rice University's Coalition…

07/08/2015

A real reminder of the kindness of strangers:

Today as one of our volunteers was getting a haircut, they found themselves talking to another customer about homelessness and the Rice Coalition. The customer was so moved that he donated $500 on the spot. Sometimes it's worth remembering that there are truly good people out there.

05/19/2015

In other news, after three years of work and 43 events, we just hit our latest milestone. As of yesterday, RCoHH has distributed over **20,000** meals to the homeless and low-income families throughout the city of Houston. Thank you to everyone who continues to support our cause.

Hey Rice Students! Are you interested in helping Houston's homeless? Are you looking for an opportunity to be a service ...
03/10/2015
Sandwiches-for-All: - Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness (RCoHH)

Hey Rice Students!

Are you interested in helping Houston's homeless? Are you looking for an opportunity to be a service leader on campus?

The Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness is currently seeking 3-5 committed students to serve on the leadership team of its newly created Sandwiches-for-All board.

Our current leadership team is soon to graduate and we're looking to find committed student leaders willing to keep this project going. This new board will oversee all aspects of the Sandwiches-for-All Initiative from 2015-2016.

If you're interested in being a a part of this board shoot an email to [email protected] introducing yourself with the subject line: "SFA Board".

You can learn more about the project on our website: http://coalitionrice.org/sandwiches/

Projects >> Sandwiches-for-All “Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that lies your strength” – Mother Teresa Overview | Logistics | Achievements | Start-Your-Own | Gallery | Get Involved Overview: Once a month, every month our group the Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness hosts…

01/11/2015
Food Not Bombs - Houston

The Houston City Council is meeting to discuss a proposal of putting its Anti-Food Sharing Ordinance on the Nov 2015 ballot. At this event, all citizens are welcome to offer their own input on the ordinance.

We encourage you to attend and offer your views.

Who can make it to this important meeting Wednesday?

The City Council hearing on potentially placing the Anti-feeding ordinance on Nov. 2015 ballot has been announced This is the first of six (6) meetings of the Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee.

FIRST TOPIC: Discussion on Charitable Feeding Ordinance is set for January 14 @ 6:30pm at City Hall.

You are allowed to speak, sign up at the Committee meeting and have your voice heard. This last minute announcement is being done in a hope that those who wish to protect their right to feed those in need will not be able to organize in time.

Prove them wrong.

09/24/2014

While the sandwich volunteers have been busy churning out PB&Js, our OWLSHelp Team has been quietly working from behind-the-scenes with a very different approach.

Instead of handing out meals, OWLSHelp has been focused on improving the lives of a single family in a substantive way. Last week, the newest members of the team met with our client for the first time, a single mom and her five kids, to truly get to know the people they were helping. Since then, the team has been buzzing with activity. Calling up low-income housing complexes, researching GED programs for one of the kids, and assisting with job applications. In the words of our client, "It really gives me hope to see so many people willing to help us."

If you're interested in getting involved as we expand to new clients, send in your application at www.coalitionrice.org/owlshelp

Even we were surprised to learn that there are literally no legal restrictions barring private companies from recruiting...
09/19/2014
Is Big Pharma Testing Your Meds on Homeless People?

Even we were surprised to learn that there are literally no legal restrictions barring private companies from recruiting the mentally ill of homeless shelters directly for phase I drug testing.

If you're someone interested in the ethics of medical research or simply the well-being of other people-- this is an article worth reading through.

Excerpts below:

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“I was tired, I was hungry, and half an hour earlier the police had treated us like crap,” Burns said. “And this woman is saying, ‘Imagine, in 40 days you’ll have $4,000!’ The recruiter made testing drugs sound like a vacation in a five-star hotel, Burns said. “It’s like a resort selling time shares. They talk about all the benefits first, and it sounds great, but then you start to ask: What do I have to do?”

"Not long ago, such offers would have been considered unethical. Paying any volunteer was seen as problematic, even more so if the subjects were poor, uninsured, and compromised by illness. Payment, it was argued, might tempt vulnerable subjects to risk their health. As trials have moved into the private sector, this ethical calculus has changed. First came a hike in the sums that volunteers could be paid: Many clinical trial sites now offer over $6,000 for an inpatient drug study. Eligibility requirements have changed, too. For years, trial sites paid only healthy volunteers, mainly to test new drugs for safety. These days people with asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, and other conditions can be paid take part in trials...

Yet this is precisely what happens with antipsychotics, which are tested first on mentally ill patients who will often need to stop taking medication in order to join a trial. And these are trials that offer little chance of therapeutic benefit, because most drugs fail at some point during testing. One study looked at central nervous system drugs that emerged from a company’s own labs and entered human tests; only 8 percent were eventually approved..."

"The FDA declined to discuss the issue with me, but said in a statement that neither federal law nor its own regulations prohibit people living in homeless shelters from taking part in clinical trials.

The panel argued that not only was testing drugs for safety on homeless people reasonable, provided proper procedures were followed, but also that “it would be unfair to exclude homeless persons categorically as a group.” Beauchamp and another panelist, Robert Levine of Yale, went on to become paid ethics consultants for Lilly."

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"Concepts like “coercion” and “undue influence” are poorly suited for economic transactions, however. Offering desperate people money to take risks to their health may be wrong, but nobody is being coerced. No one is threatening to harm people if they refuse to become test subjects. One parallel would be sweatshop labor. The ethical problem is not that people are coerced into working in sweatshops—people are desperate to work there, under horrific conditions, for pennies. The ethical problem is whether it is acceptable to take advantage of their desperation. "

How the destitute and the mentally ill are being used as human lab rats

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