A year after being housed, five older adults—Edwina, John, Raphael, Virginia, andWilliam Pratt — featured in last year’s annual report, are still thriving. Each expressed gratitude for their social workers who helped them to stay in their current homes or find an affordable place to live. William Pratt, a man in his 70s, said he surely would not have survived another year if it had not been for his social worker, Jose Cano, who met him outside of a 7-Eleven. Pratt said he had experienced homelessness for over five years and had given up on himself. His social worker kept nudging him and helped him to get into affordable housing. Pratt moved into his own studio apartment in February 2021. “I am grateful for this opportunity because it’s been a rough life,” Pratt said. A year later, Pratt remains housed in the same studio apartment. “Once we can safely house our clients, we do whatever we can to make sure they stay

housed,” said Grace Belluscio, a regional manager who oversees DPSS’s CRIS team. “Our social workers do everything they can to address all their concerns and remove any barriers that might be in the way.” CRIS social workers provide resources to ensure their clients have enough money to pay rent and bills or make referrals to get them treated for substance abuse or other health concerns. “We meet themwhere they are at, not where we want them to be,” added Belluscio. In partnership with Housing andWorkforce Solutions (HWS) and other agencies, hundreds of older adults are successfully housed every year by Adult Protective Services. After a case is closed, they will continue to provide services alongside others such as Behavioral Health, Housing Authority, and Office on Aging. “Once they are on their own, they can call the hotline and we will come right back.”

Bottom left: Raphael Lyons; Bottom right: William Pratt

Annual Report 2021/2022

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