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 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.

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Sponsor Spotlight on the Starr Foundation

The Starr Foundation 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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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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Innovation Rules the Day at Acceleration Boot Camp

Eight communities gathered in Los Angeles this month to participate in the first Acceleration Boot Camp, a 3-day training event designed to reinvent the way local organizations move their homeless neighbors into permanent housing. The event builds on the success of previous Housing Placement Boot Camps, which targeted housing systems for homeless veterans.

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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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A Warm New Home in a Very Cold Capital

Bernard grew up in Southwest Washington, DC before falling into homelessness over five years ago. During that time, he stayed on the streets of Chinatown, near the home of his beloved Washington Wizards basketball team. This December, at the start of an unusually cold winter, Bernard moved into a permanent apartment with the help of Pathways to Housing DC, an organization participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign in the capital region. His favorite thing about the new space?

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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.

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Introducing the VI-SPDAT Pre-Screen Survey

The HEARTH Act and federal regulations require communities to develop a mechanism for common assessment and coordinated access. Many communities have struggled to comply with this requirement, which demands an investment of considerable time, resources and expertise. Others are making it up as they go along, using “gut instincts” in lieu of solid evidence. Communities need a practical, evidence-informed way to satisfy federal regulations while quickly implementing an effective approach to access and assessment.

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Sober and Housed after 14 Years

Mr. C. was kicked out of a family member's apartment in 1999 when his drinking got out of hand. Since then, he's been living under a bridge in Arlington, VA, just outside the nation's capital. In July of last year, after more than 20 years of alcohol abuse, Mr. C. took his last drink and checked into a long-term shelter and treatment center. He has been sober ever since.

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