Young, Educated and Homeless: Cassandra’s Story

on July 21, 2016 News, Success Stories with 0 comments

Imagine this, you’re 15 years old and you can’t get out of bed. You feel physically weighed down. You feel an intense sadness putting pressure on your body pinning you to your bed. You don’t know what’s wrong and you feel terrified to even tell anyone what’s happening to you. You feel so afraid and […]

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Arlington Co. hits 2016 goal of ending veteran homelessness

on January 15, 2016 News, Success Stories with 0 comments

Peggy Fox, WUSA January 14, 2016 – Arlington County has ended veteran homelessness, hitting the county’s goal for the start of 2016. “It’s just what I needed. They answered my prayers so I couldn’t ask for no more,” said 65-year-old Ricky Andrews as he turned the key to his new apartment.  Andrews finally has a roof over […]

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Thank You Letter from A Recently Housed Veteran

on August 5, 2015 News, Success Stories and Tags: , , , , , , with 0 comments

To Ashley Wilkerson (Case Manager), Leonard Chari (COO), and All of the staff at Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), I want to offer my sincerest appreciation to ALL of you for your most needed humanitarian work with those of us who have fallen on hard times in our lives…and that includes me. (Read the […]

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Arlington’s no-silos approach has housed hundreds of chronically homeless adults

on February 5, 2015 News, Success Stories and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

Late at night, David Clark wakes up and goes to the kitchen to choose from the boxes of cereal atop his refrigerator. He pours cold milk into the bowl and counts his blessings. Toilet paper, which he keeps in abundant supply. Body wash that lathers up nicely. A machine to shampoo the rugs in his […]

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A-SPAN Housing Veterans

on July 21, 2014 News Archive, Success Stories and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments
Mr. Hill was the keynote speaker at the 100,000 Homes press conference on June 11th.

“I didn’t think it would happen to me,” said Mr. Alvin Hill.  It is a common refrain for people when first facing homelessness.  That thought is what occurred to Mr. Hill six years ago when he first faced this harsh reality.  The last thing Hill, who is a veteran, expected was to find himself living […]

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From Homeless to Homeowner

on July 16, 2014 Success Stories and Tags: , , , , , , with 0 comments

After being honorably discharged in 1975, John – like many Vietnam veterans – struggled with mental illness and sought treatment for his condition in Bethesda.  After being released, he managed to secure housing but continued to struggle with his mental illness.  Issues with his veteran benefits led to him losing housing, and over the next […]

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HERO CENTRAL: A-SPAN Connects The Homeless With Housing

on June 24, 2013 News, Success Stories with 0 comments

ARLINGTON, VA (WUSA 9) — “I’m so glad and so thankful for my place.” Anita Edgerton gets tearful as she talks about her journey from staying at a homeless shelter to living in her own apartment. Edgerton entered the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network or A-SPAN last fall. “I do suffer with depression. So that […]

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Navy veteran gets new home in Arlington

on November 25, 2012 Success Stories with 0 comments

Fall 2012 After spending two years on the streets, a Navy veteran got the keys to his new apartment in Arlington Wednesday. Ernest Maas called the woods of Four Mile Run Park home for nearly three years. Thanks to donations and the help of a local non-profit, Maas has a warm place to call home. […]

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Case Managers’ Support Helps Clients Stay Housed

on April 6, 2012 Success Stories with 0 comments

Spring 2012 The tent that Robert Lohman lived in near Spout Run Parkway was so hidden in the woods, people passing by on a trail just yards away couldn’t see it. After nearly ten years spent on the streets, there was a sense of permanence to his accommodations. Though he could not envision the eventual […]

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Lease Signing: An Important Day for Ken Belkosky

on October 6, 2011 Success Stories with 0 comments

Permanent Housing Client Understands the Importance of Housing after Spending 13 Years Living on the Streets. Fall 2011 Ken Belkosky had been homeless for 13 years when he signed a lease in November 2010. While living on the streets and in shelters, he worked as a vendor for Street Sense, a biweekly newspaper that gives […]

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