Feb 11, 2013

Jake Maguire's picture Posted By Jake Maguire

After 6 Months in Housing, a Remarkable Transformation

Judith spent 6 years on the streets of Austin, TX, weathering bitter cold in winter and grueling heat in summer. Volunteers with ECHO, the coalition of groups leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Austin, first met Judith outside a local emergency shelter on a very cold November night. She reported breathing problems and more than 3 visits to the emergency room in the previous 3 months, suggesting serious medical vulnerability.

Last summer, with help from Front Steps, a participating local organization, Judith moved into a permanent apartment where she could escape extreme temperatures and receive preventive medical care. Just 6 months later, her physical transformation is remarkable.

“I’m not homeless anymore," Judith said at her recent 50th birthday celebration. "It’s wonderful."

Congratulations and welcome home, Judith!