October 19, 2023

Pathways out of homelessness

Season 3 of “The Way Home” documentary series, created with support from Kaiser Permanente, highlights solutions for ending homelessness. Watch it now on YouTube.

“The Way Home” documentary series examines the homelessness crisis in America and solutions for how it can be overcome. Season 3 is available now.

The path out of homelessness is not always easy to find, but it does exist.

Season 3 of “The Way Home” docuseries sheds light on this path by lifting the voices of people who were once homeless and have now found their way home.

Their stories reveal ways people and organizations can help end the homelessness crisis, improve health, and strengthen communities.

The series, funded by Kaiser Permanente and produced by KTF Films and Bread and Butter Films, is now streaming free on YouTube.

Watch season 3 now

You can watch the third season of “The Way Home” on YouTube. All episodes are 11 to 13 minutes in length.

  • Episode 1: “Lessons Learned” reflects on the short-term solutions that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Episode 2: “Lily” follows a Native American mother’s journey to secure, stable housing.
  • Episode 3: “Lived Experience” tells the story of young people who were homeless and are now working to help others find housing.
  • Episode 4: “We’re in This Together” shows how diversion teams help people fix immediate issues so they don’t lose their homes.

Season 1 and season 2 of “The Way Home” are also available for streaming on YouTube.

Housing is health

At Kaiser Permanente, we know that homelessness affects physical and mental health. It also makes getting care more difficult. These factors motivate us to end homelessness.

“A safe, stable home is vital to good health,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief health officer for Kaiser Permanente. “Homes are the foundation for healthy lives and communities. They create stability, encourage social connections, and allow people to focus on improving their mental and physical health.”

Season 3 of “The Way Home” highlights the link between housing and health. The episodes feature stories from people in California, Oregon, Washington, and Virginia.

Each story reveals an improved life thanks to successful programs and services. For example, A Way Home Washington is an organization that helps homeless youth find permanent housing in Walla Walla, Washington. Shelter House in Fairfax County, Virginia, steps in before people lose their homes.

How you can help

No one organization can solve homelessness. You can be part of the solution. Watch these brief films and share them. Then, consider taking action.

Even small actions can make a big difference. For Lily Killbear, who is featured in season 3, episode 2 of "The Way Home,” the help she received from Health Share of Oregon’s Metro 300 program was anything but small.

Killbear was homeless. Metro 300 helped her find long-term, stable housing. She now lives right down the hall from her daughter and grandchild.

“If this is the last place I land,” shared Killbear. “Then OK, this is nirvana.”

Support education and change

Kaiser Permanente developed a toolkit to help community organizations reflect on Season 3 of The Way Home docuseries and share it with their communities.  

Download "The Way Home" Toolkit to find tips for hosting screenings and data to support discussions.