During his 72 years, Andrew’s life included a successful career, the loss of his partner, depression, financial decline, and the loss of his home. He had been homeless for almost 3 years, and was nearly qualified for permanent supportive housing, when he underwent two major heart procedures. His case manager knew discharging him back into the shelter was not an option.

Fortunately, Sojourner House in Oak Park was about to open. Dr. Charles Bareis, chief medical officer at MacNeal Hospital, agreed that Andrew would be the perfect candidate for the first medical respite program of its kind in suburban Cook County.

Andrew was picked up from the hospital and moved him into his interim apartment the next day. “This is the first time in a long time I’ve felt like a real person,” he shared.

Nearly 2 months after moving in, Andrew’s health had improved greatly and he signed a lease on his own apartment. This is what ending homelessness looks like.

To learn more visit www.housingforward.org/SojournerHouse.

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