For Guy, 49, having a home after 20 years of unstable housing would give him a chance to reconnect with his mother, sister and two adult children.
While living in a hotel on San Francisco’s Skid Row, he lost his only connection when a fire broke out in the building.
“I lost my family’s phone number after 10 years of my family trying to find me,” he said.
Because of name changes through marriage, Guy has not been successful in finding his mother or sister. He also doesn’t have contact with his two adult children. He met his son when he was a toddler, and has never met his daughter.
“Due to my homelessness they have no stable place to contact me, “ he said.
Guy grew up in a gang area of Los Angeles and ran away for the first time when he was 14. “I ran away to get away from my bad neighborhood,” he said. “I made it to Santa Barbara and the grass was greener there even though I was on the streets.”
He moved from San Francisco to Santa Clara County to make a life change, but has been challenged by chronic health conditions that have worsened over decades on the street. He suffers from multiple disabilities.
“I’m surviving off of being prayerful and praying,” he said.
For now, his simple wish is to sleep in a bed.
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