"I had no hope: I thought I was going to die out there on the streets. My biggest fear was that something really bad was going to happen to me, and nobody would ever find me," said Dorothy Edwards, who was one of twenty homeless people to be housed under a housing first approach. "I never in my wildest dreams ever imagined I'd be homeless," she said. "We had a built-in pool, waterfall, pool table, huge house. My parents cared about my grades."
After turning her life around and kicking her 40-year drug habit Dorothy Edwards works in permanent supportive housing as an enrichment services coordinator. She's mastered public speaking to tell her story and lobby against homelessness and support for housing. As a Corporation for Supportive Housing board member she oversees the distribution of millions in loans for supportive housing while traveling the country.