Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc.
710 North Post Oak Road, Suite 210
Houston, Texas 77024
(713) 640-5192 Main Line
ACAM provides support and services to ministries
and does not provide financial assistance directly
to the general public. Please call 2-1-1 for basic needs and financial assistance.
Advocacy & Outreach
IMPACTING THE BIG PICTURE: MAKING CONNECTIONS TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO POVERTY
ACAM’s role in the community is one of both an advocate and a catalyst. ACAM works to raise awareness around the issues affecting the client population served by the ministries with the hope of rallying support for initiatives and funding that will provide pathways out of poverty for individuals and families in Greater Houston. In the community, ACAM helps to create awareness of the benefits of the ministries and their clients' needs in order to forge mutually-beneficial relationships that produce positive results. ACAM is also working to ensure that all areas of our community have access to resources and assistance at community assistance ministries.
ACAM interfaces directly with local policy-making groups and state agencies such as the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs regarding the needs of the ministries and their clients. ACAM is also a member of One Voice, an advocacy collaborative for health and human services at the state level.
ACAM reaches out to other community assistance ministries, including organizations working in underserved areas, to review interest and capacity to join ACAM’s membership in order to further strengthen the social service safety net in the Greater Houston area.
Examples of recent advocacy and outreach activities include:
• ACAM staff represents members on the following One Voice workgroups: Housing, Financial Stability and the joint legislative/policy committee of the HCHA Legislative Committee and One Voice Texas Health Care Workgroup.
• Participated in the 2012 and 2013 Houston Homeless Census and Needs Assessment that provides data to determine allocation of federal funds
• Partner with the Houston Community Preparedness Collaborative (HCPC)
• CEO participates on the Hunger Free Texans Regional Coalition Steering Committee
- CEO is a former member of the Coalition for the Homeless Board and Finance Committee
- Director of Operations and Evaluation participates on the Coalition for the Homeless quarterly HMIS and CoC Forums
- ACAM’s CEO served as a Prevention/Diversion Expert for the CFTH Charette on August 21, 2012.
ACAM continues to advocate for its model and its members with various government offices concerned with state-wide capacity building efforts.