101,628 People Housed in Four Years through 100,000 Homes Campaign
June 11, 2014
Today on Capitol Hill, the 100,000 Homes Campaign announced it had reached its goal of connecting 100,000 people experiencing homelessness with permanent housing. In fact, the innovative campaign launched four years ago has helped welcome 101,628 people home, including 30,000 Veterans. 100,000 Homes is a movement of New York-based Community Solutions.
"Campaign communities have shown that it is possible to end homelessness quickly and permanently, even for people considered the hardest to help," said 100,000 Homes Campaign Director and former Army Captain Becky Kanis. "This is an urgent national crisis, and we are out of excuses."
Together with local businesses, foundations, government agencies, landlords, outreach workers and service providers, the campaign worked with 238 communities around the country to help find housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness and were medically vulnerable. The campaign estimates it saved taxpayers $1.3 billion that would have otherwise been spent on services like emergency room visits, detox centers, jails and psychiatric interventions.
The campaign announcement gathered partners, including USICH Executive Director Laura Zeilinger, officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Home Depot Foundation Director Fred Wacker, and former Army Private First Class Alvin Hill, who became the campaign's 100,000th person connected with housing.
"By reaching this milestone, the 100,000 Homes Campaign and communities across the country are providing further proof that ending homelessness is possible," said Zeilinger. "Now is the time to harness the momentum and charge forward with greater urgency, using the evidence-based practices we know work to end homelessness—Housing First, permanent supportive housing, and rapid re-housing."