Inspiring

Shari Will Turn 50 in Her Own Home

Shari became homeless in Tulsa in 2009. After four years in shelters and on the streets, she resigned herself to the possibility that she might never again have a place of her own. Then, last month, she came to the Mental Health Association in Tulsa, the local organization leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Within six weeks, the group had identifed housing options for Shari and moved her into a permanent, fully furnished apartment.

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A Mother and Son Move Home

Lakiesha and her 2 year old son became homeless in 2009. Faced with a very limited income, they stayed at several homeless shelters and eventually began sleeping on the street in the Watts area of Los Angeles. For over two years, Lakiesha lived every mother's worst nightmare as she struggled to provide for her son and keep him safe without a home.

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Finally Housed After 12 Years, Ida Looks to Give Back

Ida spent the last twelve years sleeping outside, mostly on park benches near Memphis’ legendary Beale Street. On the streets, she endured so much violence and abuse that even her seasoned case worker at the Community Alliance for the Homeless had trouble shaking off her story. Recently, that group, which is leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Memphis, helped Ida move into a permanent apartment where she will be safe from the dangers of homelessness.

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A Second Chance and a Permanent Home for Fernando

Fernando was born into a family plagued by alcohol and drug addiction and spent many years in and out of prison. During his final incarceration he resolved to do whatever it took to turn his life around, but walking away from his old life hasn’t come easy.

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Decades after Vietnam, a Permanent Home for Ernie

Ernie served in the Navy for seven years during Vietnam before returning to Arlington, VA. He worked for a defense contractor for many years, but was eventually laid off and forced to seek sporadic work as a day laborer. When he threw his back out, even these temporary jobs became impossible. Two years ago, with no income and limited ability to work, Ernie began sleeping under a wooded overpass in Arlington County.

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At Thanksgiving, a Home for Holly

Holly, a U.S. veteran and former combat medic, spent over 10 years homeless on the streets of Phoenix, AZ. Battling post-traumatic stress disorder with almost no medical attention, she suffered threats, violence and the sudden loss of her husband, all without the security of a home.

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A 72-Year-Old Veteran Moves Home in Bethesda

Calvin, a 72-year-old homeless veteran, lived on the streets of Bethesda, MD for decades. Suffering from heart disease, liver disease and chronic frostbite, research shows that Calvin was unusually vulnerable to death, yet somehow, he continued to beat the odds.

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From Castro's Cuba to a Home in L.A.

In 1980, Esmerido fled Cuba and the Castro regime on a makeshift boat bound for Florida. After securing legal residency in the United States, he eventually found his way to Southern California, where he worked as a day laborer and farm worker for several years. Then, in 1999, battling heart problems and drug addiction, he became homeless on the streets of Los Angeles.

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In Charlotte, a Life Cut Short, but Not without a Home

This week's Monday move-in story pays tribute to William Larry Major in Charlotte, NC, and the local Campaign group that helped him find a permanent home before his death. William Larry "Chilly Willy" Major spent two decades as the most famous homeless man on the streets of Charlotte. Eight months ago, however, he moved into a permanent apartment with help from the Urban Ministry Center, a local group leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign on the ground.

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A Home for Robert and His Faithful Pup!

Robert lived on the streets of Pasadena, CA for forty years, the last ten with his companion dog, Junior Bear. Proud of his independence, he worked for his “squat” by providing security, trash pick-up, and light maintenance. Neighbors helped him with food and veterinary care, but as he grew older, Robert knew he needed to be inside.

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