Korean War Veteran Triumphs Over Homelessness

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Ray Light’s is a story of collaboration and celebration for our housing team. A revered member of the Milwaukie community since the 1950s and a distinguished Marine veteran of the Korean War, Ray faced a crisis. At 87 years old, Ray exhausted his retirement savings and was not able to cover his rent. Ray’s good friends in the Milwaukie American Legion stood by his side as he stayed in a hotel for two years, but his situation there was not sustainable. Ray could no longer afford the hotel and was experiencing extreme anxiety that he would end up sleeping on the street.

The American Legion, Milwaukie Police Department, and Clackamas County housing team came together to find a solution quickly for Ray. Ray was signed up for a rent assistance voucher and the police moved him into his ADA accessible apartment. Ray says that he is full of joy with his accessible apartment, which is easy to navigate in a wheelchair and is close by his support community at the Milwaukie American Legion.

Ray’s heartwarming story illustrates the power of our community coming together and the success of our supportive housing services program.

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