|HUD No. 20-017
HUD Public Affairs
February 4, 2020
RAYSOR FAMILY SHARES STORY OF OVERCOMING HOMELESSNESS AS PART OF 'HUMANS OF HUD' SERIES
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today introduced the latest story in the â€śHumans of HUDâ€ť campaign, which features photos and videos depicting stories individuals who have overcome hardships with assistance from HUD.
Ray and Reneâ€™ Raysor, residents of Prince Georgeâ€™s County, Maryland, share their story of how they, at one time, experienced homelessness and how HUD-funded Continuum of Care (CoC) programs and Prince Georgeâ€™s County officials helped them get back on their feet after suffering some significant financial challenges-including the loss of their home.
â€śHousing gave me piece of mind,â€ť said Reneâ€™ when asked how it felt to have a home of their own. â€śOnce we got here then we could begin to organize our thoughts. We could organize our living. We had place that we could call home.â€ť
â€śHomelessness is not who you are,â€ť she added. â€śIt is an experience that you have had, and you can come back from it.â€ť
In January, HUD awarded nearly $2.2 billion in CoC funding to provide critical support to local programs across the country.
Humans of HUD is a photoblog and videoblog dedicated to documenting the journeys of people who are impacted by the Departmentâ€™s programs and services. The inspiring collection of photos and stories are part of an ongoing, intimate conversation with everyday Americans who are working to overcome challenges such as homelessness, drug addiction, or natural disasters. Individuals interested in sharing their story with Humans of HUD can submit a request to HumansofHUD@hud.gov.
Through this series of personal portraits and interviews, HUD has created a window into the lives of Americaâ€™s most vulnerable populations. The series will be featured regularly on HUDâ€™s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, and archived on HUD.gov/HumansofHUD.