Ending homelessness, means finding housing for neighbors like Joe
Hands to Help met Joe a couple of years ago. He was living in a tent behind the Marshall’s in the Six Corner’s area. Joe grew up in the community. When he was younger he worked in construction. As he aged, the many years of hard labor caught up with him and he developed a disability that made him unable to work in his chosen profession. He started working in a tire shop and in other retail opportunities. The pain grew and he started to abuse alcohol to try and control it. Unable to hold down a job, he became homeless.
He started working on his disability claim four or five years ago but was unable to complete the large amounts of paperwork required. He had a lawyer, but he needed bus fare and a guide to help him maneuver his claim through the Social Security Office. Hands to Help’s Outreach Worker, Harrison, and Past President Laura Singer traveled with him multiple times. Earlier this year, he was finally successful.
He currently receives slightly less than $800 a month, but remains homeless. He wants to obtain an apartment with another Hands to Help client, but Joe’s history of evictions and criminal background continues to haunt him even though they are many years old. He is unable to receive the food stamps he is entitled to because he is homeless.
Hands to Help’s long term strategic plan includes developing and managing affordable housing, to house neighbors like Joe. In the interim, we work with residents to identify affordable housing in our community and landlords we can partner with to house neighbors we have a relationship with. Creating affordable housing is the only way to truly fight homelessness.
You can help us identify affordable housing. For example, the basement unit in your building or an older building nearby. Landlords can also contact us directly to partner with us to house neighbors, like Joe. Together we can build a community that is open and supportive to all of our neighbors.