Vincent

Vincent

Vincent is homeless with a history of mental illness and frequent hospitalization. He came to the Coalition's Crisis Intervention Program last winter with complaints about his shelter's lack of heat or hot water, and overall unsanitary conditions. He was frustrated that he had been a resident at the facility for more than one year but had received little assistance in moving on to permanent housing. Not knowing what to do, he was on the verge of returning to the streets. Our Crisis Intervention staff and Shelter Monitor quickly addressed the appalling shelter conditions, and enabled him to transfer to a smaller, safer facility. Perhaps most troubling, Vincent had not received mental health services for over a year. Given his history of psychiatric illness, and his attempts to apply for disability benefits to secure permanent housing, we introduced him to our Client Advocacy Project and our onsite psychiatrist. It took our team only two months to help Vincent complete his applications for benefits and housing, and compile the necessary medical documentation. Now, with the approvals in hand, we are helping Vincent find permanent supportive housing, so he never has to worry about living on the streets again.

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