How to Use Crowdfunding to End Homelessness

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Crowdfunding” is thrown around a lot—it’s the cool new thing to do online, whether you want to fund artists (see, international development (see or young e-celebs who need new teeth (see this).

But what if you could fund people?

I don’t mean people starting a new business, or creating an off-beat film or graphic novel. I mean something way simpler than that: helping people start a new life.

Housing 1000 is helping homeless individuals get housed. That means veterans and mentally ill men and women, many who have been on the street for more than 20 years, are moving into safe, warm apartments where they can start fresh.

And you can be part of it.

Housing 1000’s new crowdfunding site, which will launch in early February, is very simple—we’re asking for just the basics that a formerly homeless individual will need for a second chance. Through our site you’ll be able to donate $1, $5, $10 or more to help purchase things like chairs, beds and insulin for our clients. Many of our homeless friends are older, medically vulnerable people and things like a mattress, a warm blanket and a phone will make all the difference in their recovery from a life on the street.

While you’re waiting for the launch, you can start getting to know the men and women we serve. Read their stories.


About K.A. Erickson

I worked with Housing 1000 ( from August 2011 until July of 2012 as an Americorps VISTA member. I am the ghost of Katherine past! I wrote a couple interviews to post automatically even after I left--from beyond the grave, as it were. ;) My current blog talks about fiction writing, world travel and other adventures:
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  7. Mark Stevens says:

    I have a business that at one time employed 15 people. I shut it down three years ago to retire. I still own all of the equipment and building that based the company. If I got enough funding to buy the raw materials, I would restart the company and hire people that are in homeless shelters.

    I have had a very good life. I now feel I need to pay it forward.

    Mark Stevens
    Stevens Salon Products

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