An Outreach Specialist at Tri-CAP met with a homeless gentleman, Tom*, who had been living out of his Dodge Grand Caravan for several months. Tom was unemployed and needed his van repaired in order to commute to a job.
Tri-CAP's Outreach Specialist worked with Tom, helping him to apply for the Emergency Vehicle Repair Program. The vehicle repair program provides assistance for functional vehicle repairs. During the program application process, Tom interviewed and received a job offer to become a heavy equipment operator. Tom was approved for the vehicle assistance program and was able to get his van repaired just in time to be able to accept the job offer. The repair shop provided a discount so that all the needed van repairs were able to be completed.
With his vehicle repaired, Tom is able to work and has hopes of increasing his income, obtaining housing, and achieving self-sufficiency. He has applied for GRH (group residential housing) at this time. While Tom is currently living in his vehicle, he hopes to obtain housing soon. He stated “things are looking up!”
* - Not his actual name