CoA Seeing Great Success With The Coming Home Project

The City of Amarillo is sharing the story of a man whose life was changed thanks to the Coming Home Project.

60-year-old Roger Singletary was homeless and lived in his pickup when one night he walked into the Guyon Saunders Resource Center for a cup of coffee.

While at the center, He met a Community Development Department employee which led him to become the first participant of the Coming Home Project.

“This is a direct result of the Coming Home program,” said COA Director of Community Development Jason Riddlespurger. “The goal is to provide a safe environment – a home – for the chronically homeless so they are not living on the streets. The success of Coming Home helps the entire Amarillo community.”

The City says over the last two years Amarillo has had a 36% decrease in the homeless population and the rate of chronically homeless dropped from 27% to 7%.

COA began its Coming Home program in 2018. The program was a first for Amarillo, and follows the evidence-based practice of “Housing First,” created by Dr. Sam Tsemberis.

The goal is to provide housing and case management in a participant’s home.

To learn more about the project, click here.