Home. It’s where we lay our head at night. Where we cook dinner with family. Where we feel the most safe and secure. Everything starts at home. But what if you have no home? Without a home, it’s hard to keep a job. Without a job, it’s hard to keep a home.
A lack of steady income, insufficient affordable housing, mental health, domestic violence, addiction – the reasons for homelessness are endless and far too great for one organization to tackle alone.
United Way is bringing together key players to tackle homelessness at it’s root causes. United Way is the lead agency for Impact ICT, a coalition of 170+ people representing: nonprofits; faith community; federal, state, and local governments; businesses; and other community advocates. Together, the coalition works to resolve homelessness by identifying and addressing barriers to permanent housing, coordinating resources and annually applying for grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
It's very hard living on the streets.
I don't feel like a normal human being.
Every day that I stay in my truck is like,
It just takes one
major catastrophe and any of us could end up homeless.
The longer you're on the street, the harder it is to get off the street.
I'd been drinking since I was nine years old.
I got ahold of the HOT team.
They’re who got me out from under the bridge.
They got me to a hospital.
That's because I had to medically detox.
Now I got my own place.
You know, I got a wonderful life.
I got my daughters back in my life.
It really enhances our community for everyone, not just the individual that we've helped.
We all are aimed to solve
the same problems and we all can do our part.
Teamwork to end homelessness.
It takes that person just to step up and say I can help and I know I can help them.
It takes an hour out of my day to go help someone change their whole life.