Larry, a U.S. Navy Veteran, has lived in Maine since junior high. Unfortunately, due to rising housing, utility, and food costs, he found himself facing homelessness at age 63. After hearing about Preble Street Veterans Housing Services from a fellow Veteran and friend, he decided to reach out.
“I got Kate as my case manager, and it’s been great,” he shares, while petting his six-year-old Shih Tzu, Thor. “I don’t have a vehicle, so she took me to see and interview for apartments in different towns, and brought housing applications to me.”
In the current affordable housing crisis, the amount of time it takes to find housing for Preble Street clients has increased dramatically. But after six-months of working with Kate, Larry moved into his new apartment in late summer of 2023.
“I love it. It’s got a dog park right next door that my dog loves. We have a good time there. There’s a big store plus a couple of food places I love right down the street. I don’t have a vehicle but everything’s perfect here, ya know? I’ve already met a lot of people here. They’re really nice.”
We’re so thankful Larry and Thor are safely housed! To learn more about how you can support our efforts to end Veteran homelessness in Maine, visit NoHomelessVeterans.org.