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.

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You can house homeless families by making a GiveNOLA pledge by 3 p.m. today!

You can house homeless families by making a GiveNOLA pledge by 3 p.m. today!

| May 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Making a pledge is easy; submit your pledge form here.   Dear friend, Today is the last day to make a pledge to our GiveNOLA campaign to house every homeless family in New Orleans. You can help families like Dyrick Newton’s, pictured above. When Mr. Newton, who is legally blind and has kidney failure, became […]

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GiveNOLA Day Extended to Friday, May 6

GiveNOLA Day Extended to Friday, May 6

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dear friend, We know you care deeply about people suffering in homelessness in New Orleans. If you were not able to donate on Tuesday, you can still help us today to meet our GiveNOLA goal of raising $20,000 to house the homeless! Please help make a home for every homeless family in New Orleans. Here are two […]

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Give Every Homeless Family a Home

Give Every Homeless Family a Home

| May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Support UNITY Today on GiveNOLA Day! At age 23, KyShanaeh Johnson has been homeless or on the edge of homelessness her entire life.  But thanks to support from community donors like you, UNITY of Greater New Orleans – the organization leading efforts to reduce homelessness in New Orleans — found her and her two girls […]

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A Stable Home for the First Time in Their Lives

A Stable Home for the First Time in Their Lives

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

A few months ago, because of your support, this young homeless mother and her two daughters moved into their own apartment. The route that KyShanaeh Johnson, 23, followed into homelessness is fairly typical. She had lost her steady job as a front-desk clerk at a hotel but unemployment benefits weren’t enough to pay her apartment’s […]

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A Bold Plan of Action to Sharply Reduce Homelessness by Taking Evidence-Based Practices to Scale

A Bold Plan of Action to Sharply Reduce Homelessness by Taking Evidence-Based Practices to Scale

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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Home at Last - Spring 2016

Home at Last – Spring 2016

| April 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The UNITY collaborative has driven down homelessness by 85 percent since Katrina by housing families like the Newtons, who sought UNITY’s help after elderly relatives died in the storm, leaving the young family with no one to turn to. When his family became homeless, Dyrick Newton, 43, would park his car outside a 24-hour restaurant, […]

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SPPA April Meeting Cancelled

SPPA April Meeting Cancelled

| April 13, 2016 | 1 Comment

The April Service Providers and Professionals Association Meeting is cancelled. We encourage everyone to attend UNITY’s 24th Annual Meeting & Luncheon on April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakeview Christian Center.

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

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

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

“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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