A few weeks ago, we met M.R.* He was referred to us by another non-profit organization with whom we collaborate.
M.R. lived on the streets for 7 years and has now been in a shelter for several months, after having been hospitalized.
Normally M. does not fit completely into our criteria for follow-up, but by chance we had a housing available and none of our patients were "ready" to move in quickly.
Yes, unfortunately, this is sometimes the reality on the field. We are sometimes at odds with the desires of our patients, the sometimes very long social procedures and the available housing.
That's when we decided to include M.R. in our follow-up and to quickly offer him this housing!
The contact was made quite easily, and we quickly started the process together.
Then, everything went on. Our weekly meetings, the visit of the apartment (a small ground floor apartment with a beautiful garden!), the signature of the lease, the inventory of fixtures and soon M. is moving in!
It was a strange follow-up, different from what we usually do. M.'s personality certainly helped everything to go so fast. M.R. is indeed very resourceful, independent and willing.
Networking is therefore extremely important because, after all, what we all want is: to end homelessness. And together, we will go further!