Mr.Stoy Baucom is a senior, a veteran, and a person with disabilities. He was referred to Access to Independence by the Senior Center. At that time, he was in crisis and benefited from the Centers’ various services and programs (housing, information and referral, assistive technology, independent living skills classes, and peer counseling) at Access to Independence.
In real terms, he avoided being evicted from housing; received deposit assistance from the West Foundation that enabled him to secure short-term housing while planning long-term housing; found money from unclaimed property in Texas; connected to various resources (he received a free government cell phone, a free computer, and enrolled in the PACE program); applied and was awarded veteran’s benefits dating back several years despite multiple attempts to obtain benefits on his own. In the end, he acted responsibly, updated staff on his progress, and was recently awarded a rent subsidized studio (HUD) in a new apartment building in downtown San Diego, CA. He serves as an example of how important it is to be consumer driven, get consumer buy-in, and for staff to act as a catalyst to the consumer’s needs for independent living.
Today he is confident and he continues thrive. He says, “I’m in heaven” when talking about his new apartment. He also contributes some of his successes to staff at Access to Independence and says, “I couldn’t do it without your help.”