Nestquest Houston Inc

Homes. Schools. Opportunity.

Houston, TX   |  https://www.nestquesthouston.com

Mission

NestQuest changes the future of Houston's children, by providing families who receive Housing Choice Vouchers with access to great homes and exceptional schools. Our mission is to help break the cycle of inter-generational poverty by supporting families participating in the HCVP program to move to high opportunity neighborhoods.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Ms. Isabel Lopez

Main address

1907 Sabine Street Suite 166

Houston, TX 77007 USA

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EIN

81-5310771

NTEE code info

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The intention of the Housing Choice Voucher Program is to enable low income families to have the choice to relocate to high opportunity communities. As suggested by Kinder Institute's 2019 report into HCVP in Houston only 10% of recipients use their voucher to relocate, 90% of HCVP recipients do not use their voucher to relocate. The lack of recipients moving is as a result of there being a major lack of properties available to these renters in Houston. The current 60 day window from receipt of voucher, to find a property, lease and relocate is impossible for a renter to work within, without the support of NestQuest renters risk losing their voucher as suitable properties are not easily sourced. Discrimination against voucher holders is legal in Texas.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leasing Support

NestQuest partners with all parties involved in the Housing Choice Voucher leasing process to ensure a successful lease is established in a desirable neighborhood.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This relates ONLY to students on our program who are actively in school during their time on our program. This does not relate to the Heads of Household.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of homebuyers/tenants with low incomes receiving housing subsidies as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Parents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service recipients who are employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people no longer living in unaffordable, overcrowded housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of low-income units in market-rate neighborhood

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families who report that service and support staff/providers are available and capable of meeting family needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of casework interviews performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Quarterly meetings with each household will take place in 2021.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of households that retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families assisted with rent or mortgage to avoid eviction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of low-income households who have received utilities assistance to keep the lights, heat and/or water on in their homes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 has seen NestQuest provide more assistance towards utilities and other necessities.

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of households furnished

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leasing Support

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NestQuest aims to enable Housing Choice Vouchers to lease across Houston, without fear of discrimination, eviction, or extortion. NestQuest aims to provide low income families with access to high ranking schools, which are traditionally located in high income neighborhoods. NestQuest aims to provide financial assistance towards rent to low income single moms, in order to enable them to best support their children. NestQuest aims to enable low income single moms to have less fear of paying rent, and more control of their financials.
NestQuest aims to reduce segregation in schools based upon income.
Instability in housing, causes instability in education, which in turn causes an unpredictable future for many children and youths. NestQuest provide stability through Housing, ensuring children and youths are zoned to high ranking schools, which increases educational and employment opportunities and provides health advantages.

NestQuest comes into play by providing access to suitable properties to HCVP recipients. NestQuest works solely with HCVP recipients in the hope of assisting their relocation for the betterment of their child's education. NestQuest develops partnerships with landlords, property managers and other housing organizations, in order to provide low income single moms with access to the best homes, schools and communities in Houston.
NestQuest provides access to employment opportunities for heads of household.
NestQuest provides rent, utility and food assistance to prevent poverty, hunger and financial burdens on single moms.

NestQuest's team are well positioned to achieve its mission. Our dedicated team enables our beneficiaries to thrive in great homes and excellent schools.
Our team has almost 10 years of experience within the Housing Authority system.
Our team has over 10 years of fundraising experience.
Our team has dedicated case managers who support our beneficiaries and provide additional resources in their time of need.

In operation since 2017, NestQuest has placed 40+ families in homes within the program and over 100 children were transferred from under performing schools to A/B graded schools. Our initial pilot focused on 10 families, and has grown at a great sustainable pace. 30 apartment complexes have agreed to participate in the NestQuest Program. We currently partner with 6 of the largest property management companies in Houston who have implemented agreements with NestQuest which ensure our families have access to suitable housing, along with the choice and opportunity to relocate.

In recent months we have been overwhelmed by increased requests from our families, and from new families attempting to join our program. We are working 24/7 to provide support to the families on our program and in on-boarding new families each and every day. We currently need to provide assistance to the families on our program and the influx of new families who are in need of our help. We have received an increase in requests for assistance of 75% for our current families. New prospective families have increased by 86% based upon the last 3 years of operation - we are speechless by the need of our community and want to provide them with the best support possible. We estimate we will take on 15 new families within the next 30 days, we typically operate at 3 new families every 30 days; this shows a 400% increase in qualifying families who we are needing to support in the near future.

As we make our way through the last half of 2020, we will continue to support those families and children currently on our roster. Each family is in need of food, rent and utility assistance; we are striving to continue to fulfill these requirements. We want to continue to qualify new families and provide support to them as our cities needs grow. More people have requested unemployment support; every family on our program has been so long term and required this support prior to Covid-19. Now more than ever our families are in desperate need of our support.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nestquest Houston Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dav Lewis

2ndChances.Life

Term: 2019 -

Lindsay Lanagan

Legacy Community Health

Sanjay Bapat

ABHR, LLP

Gary Blumberg

Brite Real Estate Investors, LLC

Ericka Bowman

Texas Housers

Lance Gilliam

Harris County Commissioners Office

Dav Lewis

2ndchances.life

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/22/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.