Blog: Amazing People

Across the country, 100,000 Homes communities have made incredible progress on housing their most vulnerable homeless neighbors. Their stories show that homelessness can be solved!

After the Streets: Following Up with Bernard One Year Later

So far, communities participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign have found permanent homes for more than 82,000 homeless Americans, but have you ever wondered what happens after someone enters housing?

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Campaign Reaches Halfway Milestone -- 50,000 People Housed!

We always knew this day would come, but it used to seem much further away! Today, the 100,000 Homes Campaign announced that its participating communities had housed more than 50,000 chronic and vulnerable homeless Americans. That number includes more than 1,000 families, 5,000 seniors, and 15,000 veterans of the United States armed forces. We couldn't be prouder to celebrate this day.

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Counting Them One By One: A Volunteer's Story

Over 8,000 volunteers have participated in 100,000 Homes Registry Weeks across the country since the Campaign launched in 2010. We often get asked to describe the experience to others, but we'd rather let you hear it firsthand from a participant.

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Welcome Home, Tom!

In his mid-twenties, Tom was on a successful career path and engaged to the love of his life. Then, in 1981, a tragic car accident changed everything, killing his fiancée and claiming his left eye.  He began struggling with flashbacks that included haunting images of the car accident and soon turned to alcohol to quiet the memories. Eventually, he landed on the streets of Omaha, where he remained for the next 15 years.

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Welcome to the 2.5 Percent Club!

Good news! Fifteen Campaign communities have joined the 2.5 Percent Club, an exclusive group of communities on track to end chronic and vulnerable homelessness!

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Denver, Department of Veterans Affairs Push the Campaign over 16,000 Housed

Today, for the first time since partnering with the 100,000 Homes Campaign, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported housing over 2,600 vulnerable and chronically homeless veterans in Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) across the country.* The large number of vulnerable and chronically homeless veterans newly housed by VA combines with an encouraging number of new people housed by longtime Campaign participant, 

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Campaign Announces Chair of New Task Force on Homeless Families

As the Campaign’s efforts to house homeless families continue to gain steam, we’re turning to a trusted expert to help chart the way forward. This week, we’re excited to announce that Mattie Lord of UMOM New Day Centers in Phoenix, AZ will chair a new Campaign task force to identify best practices from across the country for helping the most vulnerable homeless families access permanent housing.

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In Santa Clara County, a new funding model for counties ending homelessness

Last week, in a major victory for ending homelessness, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved the development of a $1.2 million dollar pilot program to provide housing vouchers for chronically homeless individuals and families identified by groups like Housing 1000 – a remarkable Santa Clara County organization participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign. The initiative establishes a bold new template for other counties looking to save money and end homelessness at the same time.

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"I'll Step Up!": Empowering Volunteers to End Homelessness

Noah Laracy is a regular person. He isn’t a trained social worker, a landlord, or a paid housing advocate. He’s a volunteer who wanted to do something to help end homelessness in his community.

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In Illinois, a Holiday Housing Miracle

When Melany Jackson felt God calling her to end homelessness, she quit her job, sold everything she owned and got to work. This week, she moved her first homeless neighbor into housing.

"It's almost hard to believe it's true," Jackson wrote in an email, calling the story of Vern, her newly housed friend, a "Christmas housing miracle."

Indeed, much of Vern's story seems miraculous.

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