Larry Mink, 60, learned he qualified for HVAF’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program in October of 2012. After facing homelessness for nearly five years, HVAF services provided comfort and hope for the future.
Larry is a retired veteran who
served in the Marine Corps from 1971 to 1978, before joining the Navy in
1979. Since his retirement in 1991, he found himself in and out of
“The longest job I held was for 6
years,” says Larry. “I had a problem holding a job and needed to improve
my budgeting skills. When I lost my job I lived off credit cards and
when I topped out all my credit cards out I couldn’t afford my mortgage,
so I walked away,” says Larry.
While homeless, Larry would travel to hotels where a kind, complimentary breakfast was offered to him.
“I had to do what I had to do to survive,” says Larry.
wanted to change his life around. Once in the HVAF program, he received
help with paying a rental deposit as well as his first month payment.
has come a long way and we are all very proud of him,” says HVAF Case
Manager Rachel Brown. “When I first met Larry he was ready to no longer
be living in his vehicle and to get into permanent housing,” adds
Larry, who has been paying his own rent since
November 2012, says his budgeting has dramatically improved. HVAF
currently provides Larry with case management.
what I have been through, my life is heaven now. I don’t have to worry
about where I am going to wake up. I’m warm. I hadn’t been warm for five
years,” says Larry.
He now lives in a one bedroom apartment on the west side of Indianapolis.