When a client was enrolled in the BSS+ Program at Catholic Charities in March 2019, the individual had no income, very little family support, and was experiencing severe mental health challenges. At intake, the client was two months behind on rent with no way of catching up. Also, the client was pursuing Social Security Disability benefits; yet, did not know the status of the case with the Social Security office.
Because of the collaboration of the BSS+ case manager and the client’s Integral Care case manager, they were able to educate the client about his SSDI case. One case manager paid the client’s rent with the help of BSS+ funds, while waiting on a decision from SSDI. In addition, the case manager offered emotional support during the client’s daily mental health struggles.
After many months, the client was approved for Social Security Disability benefits and had his hope restored. Upon receiving his first month SSDI check, the first thing the client did was pay next month’s rent and open a savings account to save money to better secure his financial future. Because of BSS+ and Catholic Charities’ financial and emotional support, the client has hope.