Homeless to Housed, a Different Path than Most

Brain Haas
March 18, 2013

Randall Lewis beamed as he walked around inside his home as it was being built.

“That’s the master bedroom,” he said, pointing to a space defined only by a wooden frame outlining the room. “It’s coming on beautiful. I’m loving this. That’s my living room.”

It’s a far cry from Lewis’ life for the past 35 years. Plagued by drug and alcohol addiction, Lewis, now 55, was homeless for much of that time, finally getting sober about five years ago with the help of Room in the Inn. There, he was able to find a safe, comfortable place to stay; honest work; and a path to starting a new life. And now, with the help of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, he will soon have his own house in North Nashville.