Every day we meet people who are new to homelessness. With a quick set of questions we assess if a “diversion” or reunification with family is a viable option that will truly end someone’s homelessness.
For example, after suffering a stroke and losing his employment, then going through a divorce, James felt like he had hit rock bottom and didn't know where to turn. He recently came to the Brian Garcia Welcome Center seeking assistance. James stated he was also dealing with some mental health issues, and his ultimate goal was to get to Louisiana to be with his mother so he could get back on his feet. HSC staff connected James with Community Bridges (CBI) to get his mental health “under control.” CBI helped James stabilize his medication. He returned to the Welcome Center three months later, mentally ready to travel to Louisiana. HSC Staff confirmed that James' mother would welcome him to stay with her, and he was provided a bus ticket home. James arrived safely in Louisiana and is now living happily with his mother.
These connections back to family, friends and support networks are one of the most kind and dignified ways that we help people to find their way from street to home. And, this is one of the most cost effective means we have to move people from street to home with the same success rate as other housing interventions.