Hope, Humanity & Housing: New Home After Decades On The Streets


LIVING ON THE STREETS FOR
DECADES. VICKI: TODAY IS THIS WOMAN’S
BIRTHDAY. WELCOMING 48 YEARS WITH NEW
SUPPORT AND THE GIFT OF A FRESH
PERSPECTIVE.>>I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO. VICKI: PATIENTLY CHIPPING AWAY
AT HOMELESS — HOPELESSNESS.>>I DID NOT WANT TO BE THAT
PERSON. WE HAD AN APARTMENT. I REALLY LOVED THAT PLACE. WE HAD OUR DOG. VICKI: BUT FOLLOWING HER
MOTHER’S DEATH IN A TREMENDOUS
RELATIONSHIP WITH HER EX, SHE
LOST ABILITY — LOST STABILITY.>>YOU ARE HURTING. VICKI: FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS,
LIVING IN AN AND CAM IT — IN AN
ENCAMPMENT ALONG THE AMERICAN
RIVER BECAME ROUTINE.>>WE HAD A BEAUTIFUL CAMP. VICKI: UNTIL ONE DAY WHEN
EVERYTHING ALMOST CAME TO AN
END.>>THE VICTIM OF A HIT AND RUN. AND ON — AN ODD BLESSING IN
DISGUISE. VICKI: HOW INJURED WERE YOU?>>THAT’S FROM THE TAILPIPE. VICKI: A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
CHANGING THE TRAJECTORY OF HER
LIFE.>>I JUST THINK I HAVE COME A
LONG WAY. VICKI: HER RECOVERY CONNECTING
HER TO A NEW TYPE OF ASSISTANCE,
JOINING HUNDREDS MOVING THROUGH
SACRAMENTO’S INNOVATIVE TRIAGE
SHELTER.>>SOME OF OUR MOST CHRONICALLY
HOMELESS, MENTALLY ILL,
PHYSICALLY DISABLED, ADDICTED
INDIVIDUALS, I SEE A LOT OF OUR
FRIENDS THAT ARE 65, I THINK OUR
OLDEST IS 88 YEARS OLD. ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE BUILDING
HAS A DISABILITY. VICKI: THE CITY PIONEERING A NEW
PATH TO SEPTEMBER THE — TO
STABILITY FOR THOSE FACING
OBSTACLES.>>FOR THE FIRST TIME WE ARE
ALLOWING HATS AND CAMPING
EQUIPMENT AND THE THINGS THAT
PREVENTED PEOPLE FROM COMING
INTO THE SHELTER. VICKI: INCLUDING TAKING AND
THOSE STRUGGLING TO BE CLEAN AND
SOLDIER — CLEAN AND SOBER.>>WHEN YOU SAY TO THOSE PEOPLE,
YOU CAN’T USE DRUGS ON SITE AND
DRINK ON SITE, BUT WE WILL TAKE
YOU AS YOU ALL. VICKI: THERE ARE ON SITE SOCIAL,
MENTAL, AND MEDICAL SERVICES, TO
BEGIN REBUILDING WITH
CONVENIENCE.>>I GO TO A JOB. VICKI: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN
OUTSIDE?>>20 YEARS. VICKI: IN TURN, BREAKING A
ROUTINE OF HOMELESSNESS SPANNING
DECADES.>>THREE OF OUR GUESTS AT ONE
TIME HAD 120 YEARS COMBINED
TOTAL.>>I AM VERY HAPPY. VICKI: AS FOR SHEREE, BEING HIT
BY A CAR CHANGED HER OUTLOOK FOR
THE BETTER.>>MY FIRST CHECK COMES, I’M
GOING TO CHECK THE MAIL. VICKI: THE CREATION SHELTER
OFFERS OPPORTUNITY AND
ONE-ON-ONE HELP.>>THANK YOU GOES A LONG WAY. IF YOU SINCERELY MEAN IT. VICKI: SURROUNDED BY NEWFOUND
OPTIMISM.>>I TELL PEOPLE EVERY DAY, DO
YOU REALIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES
YOU HAVE? VICKI: COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS TO
MOVING INTO HER OWN HOME.>>I DO APPRECIATE THAT BECAUSE
YOU GUYS GOT ME BACK TO WHERE I
WAS. VICKI: AND DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR
THE HARD-EARNED JOURNEY.>>IT TOOK A LOT FOR ME TO DO
THIS. BUT IF I WOULDN’T HAVE, WHERE
WOULD I BE? VICKI:

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