Frank, a single father of two (Fantastic – 7 years old and Famous – 5 years old) were referred to Banyan House via the Alameda County Social Services Agency Office. The family had been living with various friends and family members in the area whom they could no longer stay with. Frank had initially approached the County for homeless assistance, as they were weeks away from becoming literally homeless. Frank was already on the wait lists for the only two other shelters in the County which served single fathers, and was told it could be as long as a five month waiting period!
Sarah Vares, FESCO’s Housing Specialist, met with Frank, prior to his family’s entry into Banyan House, to assess his eligibility for the Linkages Program. Frank had steady employment income as a Peer Mentor, but just could not manage to save enough for needed move-in costs.
During Frank’s short stay at Banyan House, he took advantage of counseling services and was actively engaged in conversations during parent groups. He also managed to save enough money to move into permanent housing without the subsidy support of Linkages. Frank’s comment on his exit survey reads “Thank you for bringing hope and positive change for my family”.