Nichole answers 3 Tough Questions

In this week’s episode of Street Stories Podcast, Nichole answers questions sent in by our listeners.

If you are wondering about how many of the homeless are actually trying to do something to get out of it or what helped me the most when I was homeless, or what clear paths there are out of homelessness, you will want to listen to this episode of Street Stories Podcast.

Also, if you are looking for a movie that portrays modern homelessness in America, check out Time Out Of Mind with Richard Geer.

My book is nearly available. You can check it out here (A Heart Without A Home).



I’ve been sick, but I’m back!

Did you find “true love” this Valentine’s Day? Or at least, enjoy a day off work in honor of our nation’s presidents? Whatever you did this weekend, I hope you were blessed. I spent the majority of this last week battling a head cold and am nearly recovered. I was so sick that I wasn’t able to produce an episode of Street Stories Podcast last week.

Fortunately, I have since been able to bring you the most recent episode about a college student who found herself homeless and nearly managed to keep her situation a secret. Now she is a successful business woman and is motivating and inspiring others to transform their lives.

You can hear Elizabeth Hronek sharing her personal story of homelessness in college here.

According to data gathering by FAFSA about 58,000 college students are homeless. These young adults are leaving home for the first time and they are being bombarded with expenses and are developing debt. For too many, it is too much for them to manage and they are living on friend’s couches or in their cars. If you have the opportunity, reach out and make a difference in the life of a struggling college student.

Podcast Launch and Book Preview

I’m in LOVE!!!!

Street StoriesI am completely in love with my new podcast “Street Stories Podcast”.

I have published my first interview with a fellow CEO Space graduate whose family became homeless through no fault of their own. You can hear her interview HERE.

If you would like to hear my story and why I decided to launch this podcast, you can find that HERE.

As a final gift, I am providing (for a very limited time) a chance to read my book “A Heart Without A Home” for free before it is released.

5 Benefits of Housing First

More and more states are implementing a Housing First approach to deal with homelessness. Instead of offering only emergency services while people remain homeless, studies have proven it to be more effective to provide permanent housing (not just emergency shelters) first, this way participants will get more out of any other services needed and will be more likely to transition into their own independent housing.

Here are 5 key benefits to the housing first model

  1. Having an address– When those experiencing homelessness are given housing they are then able to receive the services they need. One challenge with getting employment while homeless is that you need an address to get an ID and to receive important things in the mail.
  2. Shelter from harsh elements- Freezing temperatures, dehydration, and damp sleeping conditions are only a few factors that cause many homeless to require emergency medical care. Emergency services for the homeless are very expensive and providing housing reduces the number of health conditions requiring emergency services.
  3. Greater response to services- A condition of Housing First programs is participation in various services such as health care services, mental health treatment, substance
    abuse treatment, money management, assistance in applying for benefits, and
    employment services. Participants in Housing First models are much more likely to engage in these services than those without housing.
  4. A greater sense of well-being- Living without permanent shelter can be very demoralizing. Too often those experiencing homelessness are ignored or worse harassed and abused. The longer someone lives homeless, the more hopeless they begin to feel and the less motivated they are to seek change. Quality, safe housing creates an environment where people will be able to deal more effectively with daily problems, feel better able to control their life, their relationships improve, they feel more part of the community, they feel better about self, they have a greater sense of independence, and they have a greater sense of freedom.
  5. It saves money- Due to reducing spending on emergency services and creating an environment with sustainable solutions, Housing First is very cost effective.  In a Housing First program in Canada, for every $10 invested into the program, there were savings of nearly $7 and for the highest need people the savings was almost $22.