In 2012, the Dorothy Day House opened in Rochester, NY under the “Housing First” philosophy, the idea that people need stable and consistent shelter before other personal issues can be addressed. The program provides transitional housing for homeless individuals who wouldn’t qualify or have been barred from other programs or subsidized housing options. Most residents suffer from severe chemical dependency, mental illness, or both. 

One individual at the Dorothy Day House best illustrated the internal turmoil that makes stability seemingly out of reach. Bradley Loce openly admits that his alcoholism has been the source of decades of chronic homelessness, dreams unattained, and estrangement from his family. Continuing in the pattern of familiar pain, Bradley ended up leaving the Dorothy Day House in 2014, and is once again homeless.

Bradley’s Story is a part of my RIT Photojournalism Senior Capstone. Our class was the first to complete the capstone project and our work can be viewed at:

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