Adult Education for Houston Since 1984

Mayor's Commission for Adult Literacy


We serve over 70 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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Our Condolences to Santa Fe, Texas

To all of the families affected by the recent tragedy that struck our neighbors in Santa Fe, Texas, the Board of Directors, staff, faculty and students of the Houston Center for Literacy express their sincere condolences and wishes for Peace, Comfort,  Strength, and Healing.


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 over 70 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.


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HCL's Days of Service

Due to unexpected damages left by Hurricane Harvey, HCL volunteered at some of our provider locations to help them serve their local communities.

Half Price Books donates 30 boxes of books to HCL!

Thank you Half Price Books for donating 30 boxes of books to HCL for Literacy Awareness Month! 
Many of our 75+ partner agencies were effected by Hurricane Harvey. The storm resulted in a great loss to our community. We are distributing all book donations to our partners who could use them the most to help rebuild their libraries.