Jeff and his wife Tracey are an independent couple, married for 32 years with two adult children and two grandchildren. Jeff served in the U.S. Army from the age of 18-23 years. In early 2000 he developed a form of arthritis that causes fusion of the bones and required him to go on disability. In 2015 Tracey was downsized from her job of 25 years as a housekeeping supervisor at an assisted living community, and their income was reduced from $47,000 to $12,000. The next year she developed health issues, and they were unable to pay their rent.
They left their apartment, and Tracey moved in with her mother, and Jeff lived with his sister. When Jeff moved out of his sister’s home, he became homeless. After contacting the VA, he learned about TLC/ Veterans’ Victory House, a program of Tabor Community Services. He contacted TLC, and within two weeks, Tracey and Jeff were reunited, living together at Veterans’ Victory House.
Jeff said, “TLC/Veterans’ Victory House worked together with the VA, and if it weren’t for them, I don’t know where we’d be. This is temporary, but we feel safe, secure, and always welcome.” They have qualified for a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), which provides rental assistance to veterans and their families. Their dream will become a reality when they move into an apartment in Denver in the next three months.
During this transitional period in their lives, Jeff would like others to know that “we were independent, responsible individuals who paid our bills. In the blink of an eye, we lost almost everything. At times, we wondered, ‘how did all this happen?’”
“At TLC we are well taken care of. We’re excited about moving forward. We look forward to the future, knowing our lives will get better. Our advice to others is ‘stay strong, keep fighting, and don’t give up.’ There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and TLC has helped us see that light.”