"My greatest disappointment is the fact that we still need to be doing this work. When I started working on homeless issues in 1986, we felt that our task was to work ourselves out of a job within 5 years. Then we thought it might take 10 years. But now, it seems like we’re farther from that dream than ever before. The things that cause and exacerbate homelessness seem to be deeply embedded in our systems, both political and economic, and changing that will require more time than we ever anticipated.
On the other hand, I take joy every day when I drive by one of the housing developments that we’ve created or see a family moving into a home or know they’ve received quality child care or health care because of the programs we’ve put in place. This is what keeps us going day after day."