The last time I was with Rockey, she gave me a tour of her tent where she lived homeless in Los Angeles. You may remember Rockey showed us the door she made for security. You can watch that video here:
I first met Rockey on the set of a virtual reality film Oculus is partnering with Rose Troche and Invisible People to produce. The story is Rockey’s story, and she played herself in the film. You can watch that video here:
Today I went and visited Rockey in her apartment. That’s right, thanks to LA Family Housing Rockey is no longer homeless!
It was so great seeing Rockey today and checking out her apartment. I didn’t have my main camera with me simply because I don’t video everything I do. Cameras change things and this didn’t seem like a video moment. Arien requested we record a video to update her story so that’s why I had my good camera.
When Rockey started showing me all the amazing things she makes I pulled out my smartphone to shoot this little video. I have to be honest, this video doesn’t even begin to show all the cool stuff Rockey builds. She is a born maker and is truly gifted at decorating and interior design.
Huge thanks to Invisible People supporters who helped get Rockey a bedroom set, a refrigerator, and a few other things to make her apartment a home. When I learned she was sleeping on the floor and had no way to keep food from spoiling, you all stepping up to help. Thank you!
To clarify, nonprofits like LA Family Housing would furnish each apartment if they could. They do the impossible by covering rent. The issue is funders either do not fund furniture or put restrictions on their funds. Making apartments a home is a great opportunity for faith-based and community groups. I wish more would step up to coordinate with service providers to help.
When Rockey kissed me on the cheek it was unexpected and I forgot to say how important permanent supportive housing is to ending homelessness and saving taxpayer money! Homeless shelters are needed as part of a community-wide system to get people off the streets but there always must be a path out of the shelter to housing! Housing ends homelessness, it saves lives, and it saves taxpayer money – your money!
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