Paul Holland had been homeless, living mostly on a friend’s couch, for the last 4 years. Today the 50-year-old is cleaning and decorating an apartment he now calls home.
Jaimie Huguenard, MSW, LSW, Paul’s case manager at HVAF, helped him land his lease by going with him to meet the landlord and helping with questions. Paul can’t believe his good fortune.
“This place is amazing,” says the U.S. Army veteran of the one bedroom apartment. “I saved enough money to begin to support myself again, and it felt good.”
“I thought the transition from living day-to-day to permanent housing was going to be challenging and the thought of being responsible for rent on such a limited income was overwhelming, but I am motivated to make it work,” Paul says.
Paul is quick to credit his Case Manager for her support.
“HVAF works with apartment complexes to find veterans and their families a place to live at a reasonable rate. Having a roof over one’s head makes finding and keeping a job much easier and we are very proud of Paul for maintaining permanent housing and full-time employment at the JW Marriott,” Jaimie says.
As someone who has faced adversity, Paul wants to use his story to encourage and motivate others. He is proof that even if life gets rough you can get your life back on track if you stay positive and utilize the resources available to you.