This is where Condon was living.
Condon, who has limited mobility, was introduced to us by the Garland police department homeless and mental health liaisons. He worked for over 40+ years in construction until an injury ended his career. He was evicted from his apartment, lost his vehicle, and eventually lost all his professional tools. With no tools, vehicle, or home, he was pushed out onto the streets. He was living on his own in a wooded area of Garland. He moved there a few months ago from a shelter because he couldn’t stand in line everyday to get a bed for the night.
Condon leaving his campsite.
After several days of talking to Condon he finally decided to let us help him. He had never stayed at Austin Street Center so we called our contact through the Continuum of Care through Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance to see if Austin Street had a reserved bed he could use. A reserved bed guarantees that he has a bed and doesn’t need to stand in line. He can stay there during the day or can go out but can bypass the waiting to get in. This gave Condon more flexibility. Condon said that he is glad that he did this as he had the best sleep he’s had in a long time.
Condon struggles with anxiety and depression. As the pandemic spread, his anxiety hit a high point. He went to stay with a friend, but this broke the “chronic homelessness requirement” to receive subsidized housing. Our team advocated on his behalf with local HUD officials to have him placed back on the waiting list for housing. Metro Relief provided Condon a motel room during this time and helped him access medical care for an infected foot wound.
Things continued to go downhill for Condon. One evening he was down at the West End waiting on a bus and someone knocked him out and stole all his stuff. He fractured some bones in his neck. He was hospitalized and then released. He has had occurrences where he passes out. Sometimes several times a day but Condon persevered and received housing at the end of 2020.
Condon on his new bed!
Keep Condon in your prayers as he needs back surgery and will then need to work as he was placed in a rapid re-housing program which provides short-term rental assistance and services. The goals are to help people obtain housing quickly, increase self-sufficiency, and stay housed. It is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are typically tailored to the needs of the person.