Sharlene has a service dog, and most shelters will not accept animals. She qualified for housing assistance, but a previous eviction made landlords wary.
That meant no shelter for Sharlene while homeless and no way off the streets.
So for six months, home for Sharlene and her dog, Precious, was
a 2006 Chevy Cobalt, despite the best efforts of homeless services agencies in both Dallas and Tarrant counties.
Enter David Paniagua, who had been contacted by Dallas officials. They had given Sharlene a voucher that would pay her rent. What they had not be able to give her was an apartment.
David and the DRC housing team went to work, contacting landlords whose trust the agency has earned with its success rate in getting--and keeping--people housed.
Weeks passed, however, and the past eviction, combined with apartment vacancy rates of less than 5%, kept doors closed to Sharlene.
Undaunted, David continued negotiating. Could the DRC pay a higher deposit for Sharlene? Pay her first and last month's rent? Step by step, David whittled down the objections until Sharlene at last had a lease.