“Cyrus” has been receiving support from Second Story through our Rapid Re-Housing Initiative, which is a part of Second Story for Homeless Youth. Young people in this facet of our program came to us because they were either staying in a shelter, sleeping in a public place, or living from their cars.
He got connected with our program and now rents a room with Second Story’s support. He had a job at a movie theater, but was laid off in February. Cyrus lost his ID and other documents, which isn’t uncommon for youth experiencing homelessness. Many of them leave their placements quickly, moving around between different shelters and other sleeping arrangements, which makes keeping track of your belongings more difficult. We often bring youth to the DMV to recover documents and help coach them through keeping track of these important pieces of ID, but the DMV is closed right now so Cyrus cannot look for another job.
We’ve been bringing Cyrus snacks and other food and he has expressed his gratitude over and over again. We talk with him about managing the anxiety and frustration he’s feeling as a result of his unemployment and lost paperwork. We know Cyrus is having a hard time right now, and we look forward to every opportunity we get to connect with him.