Started as the Homeless Awareness Project in 1990, HAP created our annual community building Tent City event.

In 2007 HAP became 1Matters after a visit by singer John Mellencamp to our annual Tent City event. John was moved by the community collaboration and invited all of the guests to his concert that evening where he talked with them from the stage. One guest returned to Tent City after the show and said to founder Ken Leslie, “Ken, John talked to us from the stage, I guess I really do matter.”

Mr. Mellencamp continues to help us expand to Matter to more of the unhoused in our nation.

With our Veterans Matter program a growing cadre of artists are joining John in supporting our mission including: Katy Perry, Dusty Hill, Kid Rock, Ice-T, Stevie Nicks, Heart, Kix Brooks, Darius Rucker and more.