William fought his battles against drug addiction and schizophrenia on Cleveland’s streets. His struggles made it nearly impossible to find stable housing, and he was forced to depend on shelters. Now living in a newly constructed efficiency apartment, William is reconnecting with the family he avoided while he was homeless. He is under medical care and in counseling to help him cope with his condition. And though maintaining his life without street drugs has been a challenge, he’s determined to succeed with the support of Housing First. “I am trying to step up to the plate, and actually get myself together all the way around,” he says. There’s another first experience on William’s agenda: completing his GED. He is studying for the test and plans to apply to community college. “I want to be an environmentalist,” he says of his newfound aspiration. “Maybe I can do something about what’s going on in our society. Make a difference, you know?”