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Steve Thomas

A native Washingtonian, Steve Thomas found himself getting involved with drugs and alcohol at an early age. Despite his early struggles, Steve was able to enlist in the Air Force at 21, traveling around the world before returning home in 1984. Steve lived all along the east coast from Washington D.C. to Miami, Fl. Throughout this time he continued to struggle with addiction, and eventually Steve lost his home. 

Steve ended up back in Downtown DC where, for the first time in his life, he was out on the street.  “As I walked down Pennsylvania Avenue, I saw people on every single bench, and then it hit me: “They’re homeless, and I am too.” Steve found a bench and lived homeless for a year and a half. One day a volunteer doctor working on a Homeless Care and Outreach Van asked Steve, “Would you allow me to help you?” Steve said yes. He then spent the next 28 days in rehab before moving into transitional housing, where he met a member of NCH Speakers’ Bureau who introduced him to the Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau. Steve has spoken with NCH ever since. 

Today, Steve is a homeless advocate, living as a part-time caregiver to an area senior citizen. With over a hundred job applications submitted, Steve has not yet landed the full-time job needed to complete his exit from homelessness. From the basement of someone else’s home, Steve has managed to start his own non-profit organization: Striving To End Vagrancy Everywhere (the S.T.E.V.E. organization) and hopes to (in time) effect positive change within the lives of those experiencing homelessness.

National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1033

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