At 42, Herman Thomas never had a place of his own. He grew up in foster care, became addicted to drugs and eventually went through rehab. Along the way, he always slept outside or on someone else’s floor.

“I will say it has definitely been a journey with a lot of bumps in the road,” he said. Thomas describes his life with energy and optimism. And now, his situation is looking more positive. He’s one of more than 450 people who were once homeless and now have an apartment under a new city program. COVID-19 actually made the housing program possible.

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