Group Helps Homeless Find Permanent Homes | CBS News
In this country of so much wealth, it is a sad fact that on any given night, nearly 650,000 people are homeless. But as CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports, there is an army of volunteers out there determined to change that.
Bruce Marzett was homeless for 25 years. In June, with his dog Elton, he moved into his own apartment in Hollywood.
“If you look around, you can see it’s a person’s dream, basically,” he said.
A Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD, emphysema and bipolar disorder, Marzett was living a nightmare, panhandling to survive in Venice, Calif.
“People say, ‘You live in Venice?’ No, I lived on Venice,” said Marzett. “I lived on the sand, I lived on the parking lots, I lived on the streets.”
That was until early one morning when volunteers entered and changed his life. They are with 100,000 Homes campaign, a nationwide non-profit with the goal of putting 100,000 homeless Americans in permanent housing, with the most sick and vulnerable first.
On this morning, they were fanning out at 4:00 am to survey the homeless of Pasadena — people like 55-year-old William Anderson.
“How long have you been out here?” Whitaker asked Anderson.
“I’ve been out here seven months. Just here in Pasadena.”
Anderson used to haul goods from the port of L.A. in his own rig until two-and-a-half years ago. When business went bad, he lost his truck, lost his home and ended up here.
via CBS News