Ken lived in California, caring for his ailing mother. When she passed away, he decided to move to Spokane to be with other family, but that didn’t work out. Ken ended up living and sleeping in his car with no other place to go.
Ken came to Goodwill, where he was able to get into transitional housing through Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). His advanced age, limited income, and a recent eviction created barriers to housing stability. After a few months of hunting for a rental unit, the Lilac Terrace Retirement Community approved his rental application.
Ken moved into his apartment in October 2017, and he loves it.
He’s applying for a VA pension to increase his income, and he has been living on his strict budget to the best of his ability. The resident coordinator at his retirement community said that Ken is a model tenant.
Through it all, Ken maintained a positive attitude and continued to see the best in all situations.
With help from Goodwill, he got a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher that began in December 2017. Ken now pays his portion of the rent and has graduated from the SSVF program.
This new year, Ken is celebrating stable housing and independence in his community.