Success Stories
The best way to learn about our impact is through our clients. HomeStart helps hundreds a year, but each story of success is unique. We want to share a few with you.

Ariana was making a new start in her life

Ariana V. had silently survived in a dangerous marriage for years. When she finally summoned the courage to get out of this situation, she was referred to HomeStart to help her move into a new apartment where she would be safe – away from violence. She was finally able to breathe again and really start… Read more »

Housed Through HomeStart: Michael Bailey

Sets new goals and gives back to the community After three years on the streets, sleeping in parks and under bridges, Michael Bailey found his way to HomeStart , which led to an apartment of his own, and now he is able to set some new goals including giving back to the community. “I became… Read more »

Formerly Homeless, Michael Now Sees Life Through A New Lens To Fight Prejudice

New lens offers a voice to formerly homeless Michael Michael Charles Bailey started “Photo Voice: Combating Prejudice and Discrimination” a project that addresses looking at his former homeless existence in a different perspective and learned to express his views in a very effective manner. “When my advocate first told me about Photo Voices it perked… Read more »

Disabled Vet Placed in Housing After 31 Years on the Streets

In a recent partnership between HomeStart’s Housing Search Program and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV), housing search is now being provided for discharged veterans of the U.S. armed and naval services, mending a historic flaw in the available benefits offered by the federal government. Rich’s story unfortunately shows the need for this… Read more »

How HomeStart Helped Her Put Her Life Back Together

Due to an unemployment insurance technicality, Ann, a Cambridge resident, found herself turning to HomeStart for rental assistance. She soon discovered that her new advocate, Elizabeth Enos, could provide her with so much more than that. Ann, 63, had been living in her single room occupancy unit for over five years. During that time, she… Read more »

The Road to Recovery and Stability

With his mother and sister smiling proudly at his side, Omar, a formerly homeless recovering drug addict, attended HomeStart’s Annual Gala. It was here he shook hands with Governor Deval Patrick and was able to tell his moving life-story to over 200 guests, including the elite of Boston’s financial community. In an interview after the… Read more »

Finding Happiness in Difficult Times

Yamaris, who does not abuse drugs or alcohol recalled, “I was homeless due to family disagreements. I lost my job because I had no place to do my laundry or to take a shower. I ended up sleeping on Cambridge Common or by the river. It was the summer so the weather was okay.” At… Read more »

Giving Back After 20 Years on the Streets

Cambridge resident Kendrick, 41, told business and community leaders his inspiring story of recovery. Members and friends of the Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund (CHAF) recently learned that this neighbor and youth football coach was formerly homeless and wants to spend his life “paying back the community.” In an interview, Kendrick said that coaching football is… Read more »

Despite Disability, He Never Gave Up

Michael was a successful kitchen supervisor at Emmanuel College, until the degenerative effects of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and the death of his mother changed his entire life. He had been working and living with her when he was diagnosed with MS in 2006. Four months after she passed away, he found himself homeless and then… Read more »

Finding Himself Through HomeStart

Eugene had been living on the streets of Philadelphia for almost 15 years when he suffered a stroke. “My brother brought me [to Boston] for medical services,” he said. “I lived with him but found it necessary to move.” Eugene’s first stop was the Salvation Army, where he stayed for over a year. It was… Read more »

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