Helping Our Homeless Seniors and the Role of Affordable Housing

Bruce, a formerly homeless senior, in his apartment.

Bruce, a formerly homeless senior, in his apartment.

On this episode of ‘Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,’ host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, is joined by Rebecca Louie, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation. Wakeland is a leader in the creation and operation of affordable housing in California that address the needs of our communities.

Bruce’s unit in San Diego.

Bruce’s unit in San Diego.

Rebecca also introduces Bruce, a resident of supportive housing Wakeland has built in San Diego. Bruce is a Vietnam veteran who had a successful career in construction. After severe health problems led him to lose his job when he was in his late 60s, he became homeless. Bruce shares his story from experiencing homelessness as a senior to how affordable housing helped save his life.

Calls to Action:

  • Give your time to something you care about - as Bruce explains, “it takes a lot of people to make everything run and it takes a lot of money”

  • Learn more about one of the programs Bruce discusses on the show: St. Paul’s Senior Services

  • Be a vocal YIMBY (yes in my backyard) to show policy makers that you want affordable housing in your community

  • If you’re interested in viewing Wakeland’s affordable housing units Rebecca mentioned, please click here