Housing First’s philosophy is that a permanent, safe place to live is a prerequisite to employment and recovery goals. The idea is part of a growing national trend, and research shows that it’s working. When the daily struggle of locating housing is removed, people can achieve sobriety, regain dignity and progress toward major life goals.

See and hear the powerful stories and transformations of Housing First residents by clicking on the links below.

Doris Ford

Doris Ford - After Hurricane Katrina forced Doris into homelessness, she ended up in Cleveland.  “When they said they had a place for me here, it was like a blessing in the skies,” says Doris.  “Now I’m a security guard at the same shelter I was staying at.”

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper - Gary, a Marine Corps veteran, abused alcohol to escape the grisly recollections of combat. It cost him his relationships and housing. Today, Gary has re-established those connections, and he credits his recovery to supportive housing. 

Guy Klein Guy Klein - “I went from middle class to no class in no time,” says Guy of his dramatic turn into homelessness.  “Having a home, access to counseling and assistance finding a stable job changed that.  This is my family now – I owe them my life.”
Jim Rogers Jim Rogers - Jim turned to drugs when he lost his job during some of Cleveland’s toughest times. Now Jim has the tools to stay balanced, and has been sober for over a year. He’s passionate about exercise, and recently purchased a bike.
William Fair William Fair - 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.