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Group Helps Homeless Find Permanent Homes

  |  August 16, 2011

Bruce Marzett was homeless for 25 years. In June, with his dog Elton, he moved into his own apartment in Hollywood.

“If you look around, you can see it’s a person’s dream, basically,” he said.

A Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD, emphysema and bipolar disorder, Marzett was living a nightmare, panhandling to survive in Venice, Calif.

“People say, ‘You live in Venice?’ No, I lived on Venice,” said Marzett. “I lived on the sand, I lived on the parking lots, I lived on the streets.”

That was until early one morning when volunteers entered and changed his life. They are with 100,000 Homes campaign, a nationwide non-profit with the goal of putting 100,000 homeless Americans in permanent housing, with the most sick and vulnerable first.

On this morning, they were fanning out at 4:00 am to survey the homeless of Pasadena…