This Friday, 11.11.11, is Veteran’s Day.
In honor of our veterans, Ascencia staff – as we do throughout the year – will be working hard to offer support, assistance and housing to homeless veterans.
Last May, the City of Glendale and Ascencia committed to ending veteran homelessness in the greater Glendale area. Since then, at least 7 homeless veterans identified through Ascencia’s Outreach team have moved into housing; another 2 will be moving into a home of their own within the next two weeks. In July, Ascencia was awarded $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in support of our efforts and with this award, we continue our work housing homeless veterans and have now included services to prevent ‘at-risk’ veterans from becoming homeless.
Ken is 83 years old and a US Veteran; though no one would know it, he has been homeless for the last 13 years. In 1998 when Ken lost his Glendale home, he was left with only his car for shelter.
Prior to becoming homeless, Ken had served in the US Navy, earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Syracuse University and succeed as a self employed Interior Designer. No one, not even Ken, could have guessed that he would struggle with homelessness for over a decade.
Just a couple of weeks ago, with the help of Ascencia and the City of Glendale, Ken signed his first lease in years.
While Ken has been attending Glendale’s Senior Nutritional Meals Program since 2006, and had previously consulted with Senior Case Managers regarding his homelessness, it was not until June of 2011 that Ken sought help through Ascencia. With the winter months approaching and Ken no longer able to live in his car, he consulted with Ascencia Outreach Case Managers before entering the program and working with Ascencia’s Veteran