After running away from his adoptive family at the age of 16, Nathan has experienced street homelessness for over two decades. After having over 250 ‘homeless arrests’—ranging from trespassing, obstruction of passageway and solicitation—the mental health court judge connected Nathan with Park Center in 2009. Since that time, Park Center has been working with him to obtain disability benefits and permanent housing. During this time, Park Center has found permanent housing for him on three separate occasions; however, because he has spent so much of his life living on the streets, he felt more comfortable being on the streets than being in a home.
Knowing his history of housing instability and the specific barriers to remaining housed, our staff set up helpful, preventative practices beginning even prior to Nathan’s move-in date. This includes having the option to sleep in a tent setup outside his apartment if he’d prefer to stay outdoors. After a few months in his apartment, he has not only continued to live in the unit and sleep there most nights, but he has kept the apartment exceptionally clean. Nathan is ready to stay off the streets and work to learn what he needs to for this housing placement to work for him. With the support of the Independent Residential Services Coordinators, Nathan feels that he will thrive in his community.
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