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Tenants Move into Apartments after Receiving Help from Harrison County 100,000 Homes Campaign

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CLARKSBURG -

In January volunteers went out in below-zero temperatures to find the homeless population throughout Harrison County. Now some of those people officially have housing.

After months of planning and surveying five formerly homeless people received the keys to their new apartments on Thursday.

Clarksburg Mission Executive Director Chris Mullett said the 100,000 Homes Campaign has come a long way.

"This is incredible to start with four people in a meeting back in November of last year, and to end up with 100 people here today to celebrate the opening of this building is just incredible,” Mullett said.

The building located on North 4th Street in Clarksburg will have 31 apartments when complete

Two are already occupied, and two more will be done soon.

Daryn Ginevan is living in one of those apartments, and said he happened to be at the Clarksburg Mission when the campaign started.

"They were doing devotions in the morning at the Mission, between that and the Baptist Church I heard about it and a friend of mine and I started talking about it and we said, 'what else would we be doing?' you know,” explained Ginevan.

Ginevan went out to help survey homeless people, and at the same time was also surveyed. He now has an apartment and there's only one word he can think of to describe the opportunity.

"It was a blessing, it really was. I can't thank the Housing Authority and the Mission enough. It was a real blessing,” said Ginevan.

After Ginevan moved into the apartment he soon got a new job and said everything is falling into place for him.

Harrison County's 100,000 Homes Campaign had a lot of success, with the ultimate goal being to end homelessness.

West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness Executive Director Zach Brown said other counties can take notes from Harrison.

"They have one mission. They see the folks experiencing homelessness as 'our folks that we need to help collectively.' It's not something that can't be duplicated in other places and that's what gives us hope and it provides such a great example for what can be,” Brown explained.

The Harrison County campaign is already planning another homeless survey for the summer, and will continue to provide housing to those in need.