At the age of 28, Patrick never imagined that he would end up being homeless and sick. It’s been seven years since he had a home to call his own, and he’d been struggling to meet his basic needs ever since. During this time, he found himself in and out of hospitals as he was unable to maintain his health while living on the streets.
In September 2015, Patrick was assaulted with a knife on the streets of Los Angeles, which resulted in internal organ damages and he was rushed to LAC-USC hospital. Already a frequent user of the hospital system, he was identified as being eligible for the county’s housing safety net program and was referred to Illumination Foundation’s Recuperative Care to recover from his injuries.
Patrick entered the program with no forms of identification, no income, and no connection to social services. His Case Manager in Recuperative Care assisted him in obtaining his birth certificate, California ID card, social security card, and connected him to social services such as General Relief and food stamps. Additionally, Patrick was connected to mental health services and Access transportation to get him to his medical and social appointments.
As Patrick made a full recovery, Staff noticed a major change in his demeanor and outlook as he became more confident and hopeful in his prospects for a better life. In November 2015, he eagerly met with a Housing Navigator, whom would be able to assist him in locating a home through a housing subsidy. Patrick regularly met with his Navigator until he was able to find an apartment in Los Angeles, CA. He beamed with pride while exclaiming and showing staff the key to his new apartment, “See? Here’s my key!”
On May 25, 2016, Patrick expressed his gratitude and said his farewell to the Recuperative Care team as he made his way to his new apartment excited to start a new life.