Deba Harper (Street Articles Author)

Deba Harper is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CHAMP Community Foundation, Inc: A consortium of collaborating community stakeholders, developing innovative affordable and permanent supportive housing solutions. CHAMP is the acronym for Community Health is Achieved through Motivation and Participation.

Our vision is to house homeless people in healing homes, ending homelessness in our nation by housing them first and offering people supportive services to help the heal. By addressing the barriers that prevent people from productive and sustainable lives, we transform communities from distress to success…One Common-Unity at a Time.

Ms. Harper is no stranger to pioneering innovative systems and creative solutions. Over her successful 20 year professional career with global fortune 500 corporations, she has been a specialist who utilized advancements in technology, to establish integrative systems to efficiently produce goods and services. At the advent of computer graphics in the late 1980’s, she was contracted to assist corporations evolve from traditional graphic production methods, to digital graphic production networks. In the mid 1990’s, she was contracted by Warner Brothers Home Video to work on a small team of people who developed production procedures, which merged the technical computer programming industry with the creative graphic design industry. This ground breaking innovation launched the DVD Industry. By the early 2000’s, she was contracted by manufacturing corporations to develop integrative systems for collaboration and synchronize product development cycles with globally business partners. In 2009, due to the economic downturn, she was laid-off and had to consider what was next.

Instead of being intimidated by the state of economic collapse, she considered the impact on our communities from the landslide of debris after the bubble bursts on our “American Dream”. Witnessing and giving some forethought on a greater scale, Ms. Harper understood that without the basic need of sustainable housing, how difficult it is to focus on rebuilding a sustainable future. Now consider the weakest among us -- Our Youth.

“I have looked in the face of new homeless and said, ‘There for the Grace of God goes I’, but today I look in the mirror and say 'Here I am God, us me as You will'.

Ms. Harper explains what motivates her to commit her skills, influence, and relationships acquired while making many industries prosperous, and use them to restore our communities. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:28.

New Face of Homelessness In America
Looking in the face of the new homeless saying, “There for the Grace of God goes I.” One day while I was in Downtown Los Angeles ordering a Subway breakfast sandwich, a homeless man came up to me asking if I had any change or if I could get him…
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