Blog: Success Stories

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.


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.


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?


After 12 Years, a Veteran Moves Home for the Holidays

Donald, a former Army reservist, spent 12 years homeless on the streets of Philadelphia. After repeated failed attempts to find housing, he expected to remain homeless forever. Then, last month, with the help of Pathways to Housing PA, a local organization participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign, Donald moved into his own apartment. His new home is not a shelter bed or a transitional unit; it is a permanent place of his own.


20,000 Vulnerable and Chronically Homeless Veterans Housed

Since launching in July of 2010, the 100,000 Homes Campaign and its partners have helped communities and local V.A. sites house more than 20,000 homeless veterans, the Campaign announced today. The milestone represents the fulfillment of the Campaign's Clinton Global Initiative commitment through Got Your 6, a national partner effort to support veterans as leaders civic assets.


A New Home for a Veteran and His Family

As a young man, Stacey worked in a high explosives unit in the U.S. military and served a two-year mission with the Mormon church. After returning from the military, however, he spent roughly 15 years homeless in Salt Lake City, battling depression and diabetes while struggling to survive on the streets. For the last three years, both he and his wife, Marylyn, also diabetic, sought refuge at a local shelter, but without an insulin refrigerator and regular health care, managing their common condition was a challenge.


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.


Off the Streets and Back into the Kitchen

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A New Start and a Place to Play Chess

Arnell grew up in a poor neighborhood in Indianapolis during a turbulent time. He was removed from his mother's care at a young age and placed in a foster home where, as the only African American in his community, he never felt comfortable. Looking back, he says he knows how much his foster family cared for him, but at the time, all he wanted to do was go home.


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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