Veteran Stories: Kevin “Billy” Smith

Kevin “Billy” Smith was referred to the agency by NC Department of Veteran Affairs. Mr. Smith was found living in a shed on someone’s property without running water or electricity. He served two tours in Vietnam and experienced five different episodes of homelessness within the last 10 years, the latest episode lasting 8-plus years. When Family Endeavors located him, he was not very trusting and he refused to be housed because he would not leave his dog. He was reassured a home could be found for both of them. In the coming days, dog treats were brought, private funding was secured for the pet deposit and conversations switched from him getting housed to finding a warm place for his dog Buddy. He finally relented. Housing was secured within 26 days with a backyard for his dog, close to shopping and close to the city’s bus system. Family Endeavors purchased a new bed. Berean Baptist Church donated blankets, dishes, cleaning supplies and household items. Since being housed, Mr. Smith has been connected to the VA for medical services and the Social Security Administration.