When Tyrell first became homeless seven years ago, he connected with CCC’s Housing Resource Center for assistance. Tyrell visited staff nearly every day. Together they worked on small interim goals like applying for Medicaid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), getting a phone, and locating his birth certificate and other identification.
For many years, Tyrell has struggled with mental health. He also experienced significant trauma as a child and young adult, growing up in a household that was often chaotic, where physical abuse and substance abuse were common.
“Tyrell’s history and mental health make him distrustful of shelters and service providers,” said Anna, CCC homeless transition specialist. “Progressively addressing small items, sometimes just providing a hot meal or a handshake were key in creating a safe place for long-term goal planning.”
With each visit, trust and rapport were built and the team slowly worked towards Tyrell’s number one goal of being accepted into permanent supportive housing, a program which provides long-term rental subsidy for individuals with disabilities. This spring, Tyrell finally moved into an apartment of his own, near the Housing Resource Center so that he can still drop in to say hello, check for mail, and grab the occasional snack.
“Move-in day was by far the happiest I’ve ever seen him,” said Anna. “It was a very special moment for us both.”