Despite its large size, Philadelphia continues to move chronic and vulnerable homeless residents into permanent housing at a strong rate. The community is a longstanding member of the 100,000 Homes Campaign’s 2.5 Percent Club, a group of communities measurably on track to end chronic homelessness, and it has been active in its efforts to share local best practices at the national level. The city’s success is due, in part, to an emerging best practice called FLOW.
Myron had been sleeping on the streets of Phoenix, AZ with his brother for 30 years before Project H3 met him. One hot night in July 2009, Myron’s brother died in his arms. After that, Myron struggled with depression and alcohol problems. Yet thanks to the work of the 100,000 Homes Campaign and its extraordinary local partner in Phoenix, Project H3, life has changed for Myron.
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.
Becky Kanis, Community Solutions’ director of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House this week. Becky was one of 14 female veterans honored for providing “exemplary leadership in many areas at the local, state, regional and national level after honorably serving the country.” First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki were on hand to salute these remarkable women.
Eight communities gathered in Los Angeles this month to participate in the first Acceleration Boot Camp, a three 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.
The 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national movement of communities working together to permanently house 100,000 chronic and vulnerable homeless Americans, has officially cleared 30,000 people housed. The Campaign, which is coordinated nationally by Community Solutions, said this week that participating communities have now found permanent housing for 31,226 chronic and vulnerable homeless individuals and families in more than 180 communities across the country.
Ten years ago, Becky Kanis started on a journey that would earn her the description “social innovation rock star” and leave her with a tattoo on her arm that symbolized the present and future of her work to end homelessness.
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On any given night, more than 68,000 veterans are homeless. But Community Solutions, with the help of local and national partners, is working to drastically reduce that number and see to it that returning veterans never become homeless in the first place.
Finding a stable place to live is one of the central issues facing returning veterans. Without a home, it's hard to find a job, get back to school or heal from war-related injuries.