About Signs of Life

Pictured, left: Key members of UNITY's street-outreach team, at the collaborative's 2014 annual meeting. From left: Brandi Gaines-Girard, Demetra Phoenix, Jocelyn Scott, Clarence White, and Laniker Hunter-Davis.

Almost every night, UNITY's street-outreach workers comb abandoned buildings and streets of New Orleans, rescuing the community's most vulnerable people. We're making progress: the homeless population has decreased 83 percent since its post-Katrina peak of 11,619 people.

Finally, this year, the homeless population dropped below pre-Katrina levels. But many frail and vulnerable people still remain unhoused. This blog describes our daily highs and lows as we struggle to house the most vulnerable while rebuilding our beloved community.

Blog

“So Your Community Ended Veteran Homelessness. Now What?” — The National Alliance to End Homelessness blog on “Functional Zero”.

| June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tweet“Most of the elements that helped New Orleans reach zero have remained in place: maintaining and working a master list of homeless veterans, continuous outreach to find homeless veterans, connecting shelters with SSVF providers, weekly meetings with housing navigators, continuing to prioritize housing resources for homeless veterans, and weekly review of data on performance and resource […]

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First lady Michelle Obama applauds New Orleans for housing homeless veterans

First lady Michelle Obama applauds New Orleans for housing homeless veterans

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Our First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama, visited New Orleans April 20th to applaud our efforts in becoming the first city to house all of its homeless veterans, calling it an “extraordinary achievement.” UNITY of Greater New Orleans, as the lead agency in the Continuum of Care, led a collaboration between federal, state and local agencies, private […]

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The New Orleans Model for Ending Veteran Homelessness

The New Orleans Model for Ending Veteran Homelessness

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

“I firmly believe that every community can and should end Veteran homelessness.” – UNITY of Greater New Orleans Executive Director Martha J. Kegel hoping to inspire all cities to take up the charge to end veteran homelessness!   Click the picture or here for the rest of the story published on the US Interagency Council on […]

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Navigator of the Month!

Navigator of the Month!

| March 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

Check out our Navigator of the Month! Each Navigator is tasked with housing veteran clients within 30 days of encountering them on the streets or in shelters… Davaughn is housing his clients within an average of 14 days!!    What’s your name? Davaughn L. Phillips Which agency do you work for, what is your position? […]

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From UNITY’s experience:  5 lessons for other cities wanting to end veteran homelessness

From UNITY’s experience: 5 lessons for other cities wanting to end veteran homelessness

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

From UNITY’s experience: 5 lessons for other cities wanting to end veteran homelessness. Click on the picture or here for the full story.  

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Mr. Griggs, a US Navy Veteran of 15 years, is finally home!

Mr. Griggs, a US Navy Veteran of 15 years, is finally home!

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog was written by Sara Siegfried, Jesuit Volunteer Corp volunteer with UNITY of Greater New Orleans. Sara is playing a major role in helping New Orleans end veteran homelessness.   This is Ray Charles Griggs, Sr. I encountered Mr. Griggs two weeks ago while doing intake at the Ozanam Inn homeless shelter. Mr. Griggs […]

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The Runner: a blog from UNITY's outreach team

The Runner: a blog from UNITY’s outreach team

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

That night we saw someone new, a young lady sitting on a filthy mattress, brushing a mangled wig while rats ran around her feet. A new blog from the streets of New Orleans, by UNITY outreach worker Laniker Hunter-Davis, pictured with her longtime outreach partner, Joycelyn Scott.

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The doctor is now IN

The doctor is now IN

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

I couldn’t tell you the first time I ever met the Mayor of the Square. I was probably standing in the shade from the Cabildo in Jackson Square, listening to the square’s ad hoc brass band along with wandering tourists and locals passing through the Square. That’s how most people have met him.

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Now able to house Manuel Justin.

Now able to house Manuel Justin.

| December 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The UNITY we are today is able to house more chronically homeless people like Manuel Justin. After Hurricane Katrina, UNITY reinvented itself to respond to an explosion of homelessness. This summer, a New Orleans partnership led by UNITY further finetuned the way our teams approach and house New Orleans’ most vulnerable people. Manuel Justin, 62, […]

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Disabled and homeless, he relied on people's kindness.

Disabled and homeless, he relied on people’s kindness.

| December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

But now, with support from UNITY, Mr. Dawson is housed and is learning to do things himself. This blog post is by Emily Leitzinger, a case manager at UNITY’s award-winning Rosa F. Keller Building, a UNITY-owned apartment community for the working poor and for disabled people rescued from homelessness. On a cold night in 2010, I gave my […]

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