The tent that Robert Lohman lived in near Spout Run Parkway was so hidden in the woods, people passing by on a trail just yards away couldn’t see it. After nearly ten years spent on the streets, there was a sense of permanence to his accommodations. Though he could not envision the eventual outcome, Mr. Lohman worked odd jobs as a landscaper throughout Arlington, and managed to save money that would later be used towards a security deposit.
Case manager Ayana Bellamy looked forward to Mr. Lohman’s move-in day on January 17 for weeks after receiving landlord approval. “I think I might have been more excited than he was.” She had reason to be. Ayana worked with A-SPAN Housing Locator Leonard Carter on finding the right apartment for Mr. Lohman, getting him approved and through the lease signing process. Mr. Lohman was a great candidate since he had no criminal background and a history of employment.
Ayana provides weekly support for Mr. Lohman to help him remain in housing. Mr. Lohman enjoys reading about history, and now he is rewriting his own.