Jon first became homeless after leaving an abusive household at the age of 18. For nine years Jon found himself in a vicious cycle of being precariously housed and staying at homeless shelters. At the age of 27, he found himself living on the streets of Oakland County for over four months. SOS first met Jon at the Welcome Inn Day Center in March of 2013 where he enrolled in our Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program. By April, Jon was successfully housed. With stable housing and his outgoing and friendly personality, Jon quickly found part-time employment as a greeter at a local Home Depot. Despite having no personal transportation, Jon maintained an excellent work record and consistently paid his portion of his rent on time and in full. While in PSH, Jon secured Social Security Benefits and worked with SOS staff to apply for food assistance programs, obtain health insurance, and maintain compliance with his mental health treatment.
Confident in his improved life skills, steady income, and ability to manage his mental health, Jon was ready to transition into a less intensive housing program. SOS recommended Jon for a housing voucher program where he could live more independently while still receiving rental assistance. Jon was accepted into the program, and in November 2014, moved to a community of his choice and enrolled in SOS’s follow-up care program where he currently receives less intensive case management services. Eager to give back to SOS and encourage others struggling with homelessness, Jon participated in SOS’s inaugural 5k/10k race in August 2014.