100K Homes Blog

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!

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.

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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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Sponsor Spotlight on Got Your 6

Got Your 6 is a major funder of the Campaign's work with homeless veterans. Recently, they answered our questions about shared values and why they support our work.

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Where We'll Be at #NAEH13

It's that time of year again!

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Off the Streets and Back into the Kitchen

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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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"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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Barney Overcame a Difficult Past for a Permanent Home

Barney's case manager in Oklahoma City describes him as “the politest guy I’ve ever worked with.” But that didn't stop one bad decision 11 years ago from sending him spiraling into years of depression, alcoholism, jail, and homelessness. Ex-offenders can be particularly challenging to house, and after 6 years on the streets, Barney had to work every bit as hard as his case management team to find a permanent home.

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