Improving the Literacy Landscape of Houston


We serve 60 literacy provider organizations throughout the Greater Houston area. Find one near you! 

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Houston Center for Literacy advocates and raises awareness for public policies that strengthen the literacy landscape in Houston.

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Make a contribution to Houston's literacy today and help us build a stronger future for our city.

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Message from the Mayor

"Houston Center for Literacy was established in 1984 by the Mayor and City Council to coordinate and advocate for adult literacy efforts in Houston. Education is the foundation for a better Houston and stronger citizens.  Houston Center for Literacy envisions every individual to obtain the skills necessary to prosper.  I encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with HCL.  I am committed and proud to support the Houston Center for Literacy; a city commission which continuously works to make our great city a great place to work and live."

- Mayor Sylvester Turner

Photo _Mayor Sylvester Turner


HCL acts as the Mayor's liaison to literacy programming in Houston by supporting the Mayor's Coalition for Literacy, an association of 60 organizations offering literacy services. We distribute the annual Mayor's Challenge Grant to accredited literacy organizations across the city. HCL provides professional development courses, classroom resources, best practices, and volunteer recruitment. Our demonstration learning centers are another way HCL supports literacy programs. While HCL is not a literacy provider in the traditional sense, we operate three full-time demonstration literacy centers - San Jose, Denver Harbor and Magnolia - in areas of Houston where the need is high. Our centers are not only free of charge for learners, but they are also open to literacy providers to learn best practices. Organizations interested in starting a literacy center can observe classes, get lesson plans, and gain access to supplies by making an appointment to visit one of our centers.


Another important aspect of HCL's mission is to engage the community. We accomplish this by raising awareness about the effects of low-literacy and advocating on the city, state, and national levels for policy change that will increase resources and funding for adult literacy. HCL is an active participant in literacy events across Greater Houston.


There are many ways HCL connects our community to literacy services. Houston Center for Literacy has given the United Way of Greater Houston special access to its literacy provider directory, expanding the citywide 2-1-1 HELPLINE's directory and its knowledge of literacy services in the Houston area. Additionally, HCL works with businesses around Houston to procure in-kind resources, such as computers, books, and office supplies for our member organizations. Further, we connect literacy providers to other organizations offering similar services, through our monthly provider meetings and e-communication.


2016 Mayor's Literacy Leadership Award Breakfast - DONATE HERE

Please show your support for adult education, and literacy in Houston by donating to the Mayor's Breakfast! 


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HCL's 2016 Learner of the Year

"Having a GED is proof I have the skills to pursue higher education. It is the key to re-opening the gate to my future. Once I get my GED, I will return to Lone Star Community College with my head held high. I want to become a math teacher and serve as a good role model for elementary school children. Through teaching, I will make a difference in the lives of children who are in need of teachers who care and want to help them feel like they have a reason to stay in school. 


Getting a GED is not really about me. It's about getting me to the place where I can help others to overcome challenges and fulfill their dreams. I will pay it forward." 

--Carlos Gonzalez, Learner of the Year