Emergency Funds Help Seniors Secure Housing

December 29, 2016 - Serving Seniors


Many of Serving Seniors’ clients live on fixed incomes well below $900 per month and are unable to afford many household items we tend to take for granted. Serving Seniors is a support system to San Diego seniors and thanks to SCAN Health Plan’s investment over the past year we are able to help many clients with emergency funding to help them turn their affordable housing units into a home.

Josef G.: Josef has been a client of the Wellness Center for some time. He had been couch surfing with friends since June 2016 after having exhausted his housing options. Josef had been actively seeking affordable housing but the waitlists were years long. Josef came to HPP and secured housing at Luther Tower 2 months into the program. Our organization used SCAN funds to assist client in purchasing a mattress for his new apartment for which he actively worked.

Sylvia W.: Sylvia and her husband were both participants of the HPP program simultaneously. They actively participated in all aspects of case management and met every challenge they faced head on, as their priority was to secure permanent housing and finally settle down after spending months living out of their car. A few months into the program, Sylvia was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Due to the chemo and radiation treatments, Sylvia had to undergo, she was unable to eat at times. Her doctor recommended a juicer, which would assist her in getting proper nutrition. Serving Seniors was able to purchase a new juicer for Sylvia utilizing SCAN funds for which both Sylvia and her husband were very grateful.

Francis A.: Francis had been chronically homeless for close to two decades. He had difficulty finding resources and lacked the support, as he had no family or friends to count on. Francis turned to Serving Seniors and was an active participant of the HPP program. Through the program, Francis was referred to the New Palace and consequently was able to secure a unit. Serving Seniors used SCAN funds to assist Francis in paying the security deposit for his upcoming unit aiding him in ending almost 20 years of homelessness.

Maria V: Maria is a Spanish speaking client who has been attending the GMWSWC for a few years now. Maria recently was offered a unit at a HUD building, Westminster. Since Maria was previously a resident at one of our buildings, Potiker Family Senior Residence, she did not have any furniture of her own as the studio she was in was fully furnished. The case manager was able to assist the client by utilizing SCAN funds in order to purchase a full bedroom set for the client as she spent the first nights at her new apartment sleeping on the floor. Thanks to the generosity of SCAN funds, Maria is now able to sleep comfortably in her new bed.

Thank you to our wonderful supporter, SCAN Health Plan, for helping to keep seniors healthy and off San Diego’s streets!

One response to “Emergency Funds Help Seniors Secure Housing”

  1. Drew says:

    This is so great to see! An emergency fund would be great for the community and the elderly involved. Thanks so much for sharing!

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