Kaiser Permanente Finds Homes For 250 Homeless As Part Of Housing For Health Prescription

The new Oakland home of 54-year-old Victor, who was previously living in his car.  Kaiser Permanente

The new Oakland home of 54-year-old Victor, who was previously living in his car.

Kaiser Permanente

Victor N. never thought in a million years he'd be homeless. The 54-year-old, Bay Area native had gone to college, served in the military, and had a job working as a clinician in homeless services. Then, his life started to crumble. His job closed down; he was behind on his rent and got served an eviction notice.

While living in his car parked near the highway overpass in Emeryville in the January cold, Victor suffered from a pulmonary embolism. Also staving off pneumonia, he was hospitalized.

"It was the perfect storm, and I was out. I’d lost my footing," he said. "I didn’t have any social capital either. I know it’s just an ask to sleep on someone's couch — but it’s a big ask."

Fast forward just a few months and Victor now has the keys to a room of his own . . .

Read more byu Hannah Norman at San Francisco Business Times.