EP010 – Kenny Wilson Haven for Hope

In the tenth episode, the Bexar Facts team sits down with Haven for Hope President and CEO Kenny Wilson, to discuss homelessness and how covid and the winter storm of 2021 has affected Haven for Hope. Christian, Demonte, and Lisa discuss all this and more!

About Kenny Wilson:

Kenny Wilson left his role as President of Bank of America in San Antonio (a title he held for 16 years) to become the President and CEO of Haven for Hope in 2016. Since then he has changed countless lives for the better by providing help and resources for the city’s most vulnerable. Kenny has proven to be a humble and motivating leader in Haven for Hope and the rest of the San Antonio community!

About Bexar Facts:

At Bexar Facts, we amplify the voice of the people to shape the future of our community. We gather and share fact-based data on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the greater San Antonio area. With the Bexar Facts podcast we breathe life into our data. We aim to level the playing field by producing real conversations, with real people and bringing scientific data directly to your fingertips. Bexar Facts, your trusted local source for community data.

Show Notes:

(00:57) Introductions 

(02:40) Bexar Facts Polls and Homelessness

(11:04) Wanting to Help Homelessness vs Not Wanting to See It

(14:00) What Prepared Kenny for this Role

(15:58) Haven for Hope and their Unique Approach to Homelessness

(19:00) COVID’s Effect on Haven for Hope

(23:34) MisUnderstanding the Root of Homelessness

(26:14) Housing first

(31:20) How Haven for Hope Brings in a New Person

(37:17) Haven for Hopes Capacity and Dealing with an Influx Due to Pandemic

(43:11) Using Hotels to House Homeless

(50:40) Magic Wand Question



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