Hopelessness Can Start to Feel Like the Norm for Our Heroes
Our homeless Veterans feel hopeless and overwhelmed. Our Heroes are falling through the cracks; they are being judged and excluded. When all of their hope is lost, it is up to you and me to give it away.
Imagine yourself, having given the most for your country, feeling forced to justify why you need assistance. Imagine fighting to keep your clothes and personal mementos. Meanwhile, you’re constantly looking over your shoulder sleeping with one eye open, just in case. For many Veterans, asking for help feels nearly impossible and it does not take long for our Veterans to feel hopeless and overwhelmed.
Hopeless and Overwhelmed By No Fault of Their Own
Take for instance, “Paul” a South Carolina Veteran you helped house in June, 2022.
In August of 2022, his apartment complex, Spring Lake Apartments in Columbia, South Carolina, changed management. The new management decided to immediately begin renovations. This decision (in the minds of the new management) necessitated the eviction of many tenants, our South Carolina Veteran included. This left Paul with very few options as he was formerly homeless just three short months prior.
Our Veteran felt hopeless and overwhelmed. He thought his placement at Spring Lake Apartments in August was a new beginning, a dream. Sadly, it was turning into a nightmare.
Ultimately, they charged Paul additional fees because he continued to maintain his furniture and other belongings in the apartment because he had nowhere else to store them; Paul was homeless … again.
For the next 6 months, thanks to the love and support of friends and family, Paul couch-surfed until another unit became available. That’s when you stepped in, again. In addition to supportive services provided by HUD-VASH (household items, bedding, kitchen and bath supplies, etc), Paul was housed again on February 3, 2023.
Click here to read Paul’s full story.
Do You Have Some Hope to Spare?
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