We are so proud of the progress Veronica has made since connecting with our program! Our Outreach Teams first met Veronica, while piloting the Encampment to Home initiative, in partnership with CD 10, which aimed to move people living in encampments under freeways into shelter as quickly as possible due to the increased health risks associated with living in these areas. Veronica had been experiencing homelessness for three years and was suffering from PTSD, “Living near the underpass was really rough. There was a lot of exhaust and many cold nights,” says Veronica.
With the help of her team, she was connected to our complete gamut of supportive services including medical and mental health services, income benefits, life skills and wellness programming and was moved into Mollie Maison, one of our newest interim housing facilities that was acquired as part of the State’s Project Roomkey initiative (PRK). Now in the second stage of PRK, Project Homekey (PHK), Mollie Maison will soon be converted into permanent supportive housing for people transitioning our of homelessness, like Veronica.
“I feel at home here. I feel safe. I couldn’t ask for anything else. To have somebody that cares and wants to give me housing so that I can lay my head down, shower and wash my clothes means so much to me. I feel very lucky. I am so thankful for The People Concern. They have really saved me,” says Veronica. Today, Veronica enjoys the therapeutic art groups that are held on-site, spending time with her cat, Brooklyn and is working towards permanent housing.