Three years ago, I was living in a rooming house in the South End, and I had to move out because the landlord was selling his property. I panicked because I would have no place to live and was sick with prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Plus, I was 63 years old at the time. When I moved out of my room, I lived out of my suitcase and used Pine Street Inn as my address. After five months, with the help of an organization called HomeStart, I found a wonderful place to live at the Rogerson Communities, at the corner of Columbus and Walnut avenues, one-and-a-half blocks from 461 Walnut Ave., the site of the former Barbara McInnis House, now proposed to be a respite care facility and housing.
Believe me when I say that if I had spent any more time on the street I would have died, because, since then, my cancer has gotten worse, and I have been on chemotherapy for the past two-and-a-half years. So, I’m asking JP folks to please support this project so that the homeless may have a comfortable place to live and heal.