WIPING OUT HOMELESSNESS

Katherine's Story

“It feels good to have my own stove.”

It’s the little things that mean the most to Katherine Walsh. Making tea in her own home was just a dream for the last 3 years because she was chronically homeless. Katherine got the keys to her new apartment the day before Thanksgiving thanks to the hard work and coordination of United Way and its partners.

Katherine escaped domestic violence and was forced to live with friends and relatives. She ended up in one homeless shelter after another after that.

Studies have shown that providing people like Katherine with permanent supportive housing saves taxpayers money. It’s also the right thing to do.

A person is considered chronically homeless if they have been homeless for more than one year and if they also have a disability.

It used to take years for the chronically homeless to get permanent housing, but now through the new more efficient system, people can get matched to housing in less than 90 days once they are identified.

“When we provide people with good, supportive housing, we give them hope and lives change,”said United Way Chief Impact Officer Amy Casavina Hall.

And that’s what happened to Katherine.

“I finally have my own keys,” said Katherine.

“When we provide people with good, supportive housing, we give them hope and lives change."