Moving On, Moving Up
9/30/2011 12:00 AM
Joshua* is moving on from homelessness and moving into his own apartment today. This is the first time that Joshua has lived on his own in stable, permanent housing.
Joshua was released from prison in 2008, after serving 15 years for a robbery. Following his release, he stayed with family and friends, uncertain of the permanency of his situation. He bounced around from place to place, and finally settled into his own apartment—only to be evicted for nonpayment of rent. Joshua evaluated his situation and sought shelter at Hope House. Here he would be guaranteed a bed, food, and compassionate case management to get him on the path to permanent housing.
Like nearly half of the single men we serve, Joshua faces mental illness, complicating his path to stable housing and financial security. He is on a fixed income, the management of which often requires more careful budgeting skills than recipients are equipped with. Here at Hope House, we offer both shelter and supportive services. Joshua was quickly connected with a Protective Payee, who has helped him create and stick to a budget that will prevent any future evictions or unpaid bills. He has worked with his payee to make payment plans with the energy company and the city to reduce his debts and repair relationships.
“Hope House put me on a path I should have been on a long time ago,” Joshua said. “There’s no telling where I’d be if I wasn’t at Hope House. They gave me that start, they gave me that first push. That helps a lot with confidence.”
Joshua’s impenetrable positivity has undoubtedly been an asset to him in his struggle against homelessness. He consistently volunteers his time at Hope House, helping his fellow guests as well as staff and neighborhood residents. He is the first to assist in the food pantry when it’s crowded and busy, he is the first to carry heavy donations into our building, and he is the first to aid a fellow guest when they cannot lift their hopes.
We are all so very proud of Joshua and his accomplishments. Last year, Hope House was able to shelter 140 single men like Joshua, connecting 65% to permanent housing. We are hoping that in 2011 we will be able to share even more success stories. If you would like to help make these successes possible, please consider donating to Hope House. You may find more information for donating in person, by mail, or online here
*Name changed for privacy.