Permanent Housing Client Understands the Importance of Housing after Spending 13 Years Living on the Streets.
Ken Belkosky had been homeless for 13 years when he signed a lease in November 2010. While living on the streets and in shelters, he worked as a vendor for Street Sense, a biweekly newspaper that gives street homeless a voice.
Mr. Belkosky is candid about how conflicting mental health diagnoses challenged him for years and left him in need of medication. He was admitted to the Virginia Hospital Center last year as a result, and later referred to the Residential Program Center (RPC). While at RPC, he learned about A-SPAN’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program, which has provided housing to over 40 people since its inception in Fall 2007.
On the day Mr. Belkosky signed his lease, he showed up dressed in a suit, stating, “What else would you wear to the signing of such an important document?” After moving into his apartment, Mr. Belkosky helped found A-SPAN’s Street Soccer Team, the Arlington Tigers, and now serves as one of its coaches.