“The talent and tenacity of these individuals who share their personal stories never cease to amaze me. Through this performance, they not only take on a new personal challenge, they also actively shape our community by offering their unique insights and hard-earned wisdom.”

Home Is Not One Story:

Exploring the heart of homelessness

A person without a home is called homelost. –4th grader

What is home? Is it shelter or something less tangible? Is it a place, an attitude, a memory? Is it a privilege for some? Or a right for all?

Who is home-less? When we ask if someone is homeless, what do we mean? Are we asking if they have shelter for tonight or if they know where they will be sheltering a month from now? Is a tent shelter? Is it a home?

What is the difference between housing and home? How do we as a community answer the call for both?

Home Is Not One Story gives voice to friends, relatives, neighbors, and coworkers who have experienced episodic, as well as chronic, homelessness. Whether we call it housing displacement, housing crisis, or housing transition, homelessness can deprive us of the basic physical and emotional space needed to create and sustain personal dignity. Home Is Not One Story explores the challenges faced by those in transient housing, including motels and campgrounds; the chronically homeless; those escaping domestic and family violence; veterans; families in long-term shelter housing; foster children aging out of the support system; immigrants and refugees; LGBTQ teens in housing crisis; those who have lost their home due to economic and medical pressures, and by the “hidden” homeless, who find shelter where they can but who lack a stable residence. These individuals and families have much to communicate about identity, place, and access. They have much to teach us about survival, flexibility, and the power of home. They have much to say.

A person without a home feels like an angel without wings or a sword.  –4th grader



The State of Things with Frank Stasio

Raleigh TV Show


On Stage

Twelve North Carolinians share their and others’ experiences of home lost, found, stolen, and escaped. The story begins with a simple question, Why is this night different from all other nights? A person, a family, a group, displaced and seeking a meal, some compassion, an extended hand, a home, winds their way from house to house, country to country, door to door. Like Noah and Jacob and Moses and Ruth and Esther and Mary, the circumstances of their lives — from political and sexual oppression to natural disasters to genocide — have set them on the move. It is an old story. It is the story of our times.

The ArtsCenter

Maymester Performance, UNC-Chapel Hill




The story of home in America is multiple and hidden in plain view for any of us who pause, look, and wonder.   The traveling exhibit contains portraits, self-portraits, small houses, open letters, and community prayer flags.

The ArtsCenter: April 2010

Duke Chapel: October-November 2010


The Animation Window

Home Is Not One Story film:  A short work featuring the experiences of 6 women from Home Is Not One Story.  Created by Braxton Hood, the film debuted at the Chatham Arts Sustainable Cinema Series in November 2010.

What She Said:  Four women from Home Is Not One Story met up in a People’s Channel studio to talk about food, fashion, and life in a car.  A wild ride for sure.




North Carolinians relate their personal challenges, achievements, and insights about homelessness

Audio Tour: North Carolinians relate their personal challenges, achievements, and insights. The 37 stories include “Redneck stereotype,” “Frozen peas;” “Where you live is not who you are;” “Four Tents” and many more. Thanks to Girija Mahajan, Kat Stein, and Braxton Hood. Receive a CD with every donation to Hidden Voices.

Their Own Words:

A Taste of Home Cookbook

A Taste of Home Benefit

When the Home Is Not One Story project began in 2006-07, Hidden Voices saw it as an extension of the organizational mission to challenge, strengthen, and connect our diverse community through the transformative power of the individual voice. A project focusing on home and homelessness was a natural outgrowth of previous projects, including Speaking Without Tongues, which explores violence and survival in the actual lives of women from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and La Vida Local, which explores the Latino immigrant experience from the point of view of young people caught in transition. Community and audience members repeatedly requested an extended focus on home and homelessness. Since that time, a considerable downturn in the economy has brought an unexpected increase in homelessness as the number of those grappling with poverty and financial hardship rapidly rises. As housing challenges and homelessness grow, we have an opportunity to think critically about the issue and to challenge our unexamined assumptions about those affected by housing uncertainties. We have the opportunity to explore home and homelessness with those most affected. We have the opportunity to become courageous with our dialogue and innovative with our solutions.