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Homeless Steve Finally Gets An Apt

Organized by: Dave S.

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THE STORY:

Steve is a homeless guy living in his truck by St James park in San Jose, CA. I talk to him regularly about his situation and his frustration with being stuck in that mode. He gets almost $1k a month from SSI, but due to the lack of low income housing there (when we call, the long waiting list estimates are something in the next 4-5 years), and the high rents in Silicon Valley, he's forced to sleep in his car. With food and gas and trying to maintain his car, he is also working full time and is making almost another $1k a month. He's been able to work up to 30 customers over time, via word of mouth, doing landscaping. Even with this, he regularly runs out of money for food part way through the month, and has to look for food handouts while still working full time. We regularly check housing out of the area, in locations that are more affordable. We can occasionally find $695 or sometimes $595 rents, but there's been no way he could save for the deposit and moving his things from storage (he would have to make many trips in his car). The big frustrating part for him, he could actually get housing/assistance if he was alcoholic or on drugs and joined a recovery program.

I'm only trying to raise the $595/695 for his deposit (the plan is to wire the money ahead to his new landlord), and the approx. $350 for the one-way uHaul truck and trailer to bring his car and belongings from storage (695+350 + the $50 crowdrise fee). With the SSI income, that will cover the rent and utils, and he'd actually have a kitchen and refrigerator to eat more frugally, instead of wasting the food money at Burger King/Mc Donalds/etc. He'd be able to once again shower regularly and live like a normal Human being.

I've never tried one of these things, but I have no clues how to do something to help him out. I can easily Google for housing and uHaul services, instead of wasting my life away watching TV after work. I know this won't solve the homeless problem, but it will for Steve. And maybe this will get others off their couch and do something about it, instead of just complain how bad it is downtown here.

Thank you for spending the time to read this. God bless.

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