VISTA, CALIF.—Growing up, Teena Faison never imagined she’d find herself a single mom and homeless.
“We didn’t wake up one day and go, ‘Hey, I just want to be homeless with my kids,’” she told The Daily Signal “No. There’s many, many contributing factors to that—lack of education, lack of resources, addiction.”
At 34 years old, Faison decided to change her ways and come to Solutions for Change, a family homeless nonprofit located in Visa, Calif., 45 minutes outside San Diego. Instead of simply providing residents a place to sleep, Solutions for Change takes a holistic approach to solving homelessness, requiring residents to go through counseling, take courses in financial literacy, parenting, leadership, and anger management, and eventually, get a job.
Over the past 17 years, Solutions for Change has gotten 1,200 families off government assistance and back on their feet. But because their program requires residents to be drug-free, Solutions for Change is ineligible to receive government funding.
Watch the video to learn more about why, despite their high success rates at solving family homelessness, Solutions for Change chose to maintain their drug-free policy instead of accepting government funding.