Dear Friends, Sometimes, it takes a village to ensure that children are cared for. Not so long ago, Michele Thomason, 44, didn’t need help. She provided for her children with a steady, good-paying job as a clerk at a gas station. Then, one day, Thomason collapsed at work. An ambulance took her to a New […]
Every year, I like to write to you to tell you about a family who will be enjoying a home for the holidays because of you and other generous supporters. Last week, I met Jeremy, Lacy, and their daughters, and their story will stay with me forever. I am so honored to be able to […]
Helen, Darin, and their three children were connected to Sr. Julie Marsh at Hotel Hope after she received a call from a priest in Metairie about the family of five, who had been sleeping in their car near his church for months. The family, having lost their SSI and food stamps due to the lack […]
Two years ago, New Orleans became the first U.S. city effectively to end homelessness among military veterans, drawing the praise of Michelle Obama, who termed it a “call to action to our entire country.” Now, advocates want to use those same strategies to reduce or eliminate homelessness across the board by 2021.
On Jan. 2, 2015, in response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, the UNITY Homeless Continuum of Care of more than 60 agencies partnered with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to make New Orleans the first city to effectively end veteran homelessness. Working closely with the VA, HUD, the Housing Authority of New Orleans, and many other partners, our community permanently housed the 227 homeless veterans in our backlog of cases, many of whom had been sleeping on the streets for decades.