When thinking about homelessness, the elderly are not usually the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, homeless seniors tend to be a forgotten population, much in the same way homeless veterans often go unseen. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are more than 9.3 million veterans over the age of 65.
One of them is 90-year-old Jim, a World War II veteran, who was born and raised in San Mateo County. Jim loved the area and lived in the same San Mateo apartment for more 40 years until about two months ago. His landlords decided it was time to renovate their buildings, to raise rents and keep up with the Bay Area’s ever-increasing cost of living.
Jim had until the end of September to vacate the apartment he had called home for more than four decades. Fortunately, a caring neighbor connected him with a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), but because Jim lacked the necessary paperwork, he could not receive help from SSVF’s housing program. They referred Jim to Samaritan House and he’s now a resident at our Safe Harbor Shelter. Over the next few months, Jim will receive support in getting connected to the benefits he deserves, including housing assistance, hot meals, access to health care and more. More importantly, he will be treated with dignity and respect and receive the support of a compassionate community as he works to regain stability in his life.
The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, family, neighbors and coworkers, and Samaritan House thanks these brave men and women for the work they have done and continue to do for our country.
If you or anyone you know is in need of supportive services for veterans, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org