Homeless Veteran Becomes Home Owner
Six days before his 39th birthday, Dwight got a new start on life: He received the keys to his first home. It was a big day for the veteran, an Army Sergeant on disability who worked hard to bring himself up from homelessness.
For nine years, Dwight experienced a variety of difficulties that resulted in his living in homeless shelters and working with various nonprofits. Then, in September 2019, he was referred by a Veterans Affairs social worker to United Way of Broward County’s Transition in Place (TIP) program.
Dwight loved his TIP program case manager, who assisted him without judgment. With her help, Dwight was placed into an apartment and received furnishings and rent subsidies as well as payment of his electric bill. While receiving case management services, monthly home visits and weekly supportive phone calls, he set goals to save money, pay bills and improve his credit score while in the TIP Program. While receiving mental, emotional and physical support, he was able to stop smoking and save for a home.
On June 10, 2020 – just nine months into the TIP program – Dwight realized his dream of home ownership. He received the keys to a three-bedroom, two-bath house. He owes his achievement to his TIP case manager, saying, “I’m super grateful for meeting her.”
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