Blog: Communities

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!

When a Florida Community Springs into Action, an Ailing Man Finds a Home

José spent 30 years homeless in Florida's Treasure Coast region with a large mass growing out of his neck. By the time Angela, a local mental health professional, discovered him on the side of the highway last month, he was without food and had become too weak to stand up. With few resources available, Angela called the Mayor of Sebastian, Bob McPartlan, who came out to check on José himself.

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An Update on Some of the People You Met on 60 Minutes

(Photo: Diane "Mama Bear" Garton and her dog, Sunshine)

Anderson Cooper and the 60 Minutes team brought us moving stories of several of Nashville's homeless residents, many of whom are now housed. We wanted to provide an update on a few of them.

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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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An Inside Look at the 2.5 Percent Club!

The 2.5 Percent Club is a growing group of 100,000 Homes communities that are measurably on track to end homelessness in the next 3-4 years. These communities are housing at least 2.5 percent of their chronic and vulnerable homeless neighbors each month, which puts them ahead of the growth curve and on a path to move everyone on their streets into housing. Tulsa, OK has been a member of the 2.5 Percent Club for more than a year.

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In Nashville, Jerry Trades the Streets for a Permanent Home

Jerry, a mechanic from Nashville, lost his housing after going through a divorce and finding himself unemployed. He had been homeless for 1.5 years when a volunteer for How’s Nashville, the collaborative leading the local 100,000 Homes Campaign effort, found him on the street and asked him to complete a short health survey. That volunteer shared Jerry's survey results with local housing advocates, and only days later, Jerry was taking a hot shower in his new, permanent apartment.

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Housing is Healthcare

Amy Freeman is a staffer at Bethesda Cares, the organization leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Bethesda, MD. She recently reflected on an experience that drove home the importance of housing in personal terms. We urge you to share this post with your friends to help them understand why permanent housing matters so much. (This piece was originally published at HuffingtonPost.com on August 6th.

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"Now I have something to live for..."

Larry has a biting wit that has always been pretty dark, revealing a self-proclaimed sense of hopelessness. During his 18 years on the streets, he slept with a knife in his hand for protection nearly every night. But after just four weeks in housing, Larry’s demeanor has taken a remarkable turn.

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Out of the Snow and into a Home

Eustace spent over 10 years on the streets of Salt Lake City, sleeping outside in freezing temperatures, often on snow covered ground. Over time, he turned to alcohol to make homelessness more manageable. By the start of this year, his health was deteriorating rapidly, resulting in weekly, costly trips to the emergency room.

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A Home for Wanda and 72 Others

Wanda spent eight years homeless in San Diego. Her health deteriorated badly on the streets, but years of distrusting the system led her to feel that it was still safer to live outdoors than it was to seek help. Over time, outreach workers from PATH, one of the organizations leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign throughout Southern California, met with her on the streets, gradually building a relationship of trust and respect. Finally, Wanda agreed to let them connect her to supportive services and a shot at housing.

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For Victoria, Permanent Housing Brings Renewed Family Ties

Victoria spent most of her adult life homeless in Kansas City, but severe anxiety and a constant battle with substance abuse prevented her from staying in shelters. Instead, she spent night after night in parks and forested campsites, even during the region’s cold, snowy winters. This past year, with help from reStart Inc, the organization leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Kansas City, Victoria moved her into her first permanent apartment in 13 years.

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