A homeless man who has been living in a cardboard box in downtown Tampa,Florida, for over three years may soon have a modest-sized apartment and a pension check coming in every month, police said.
With the help of a cop and homeless shelter case manager, John Helinski, 62, discovered a forgotten bank account that has been collecting Social Security disability benefits for years, he told ABC News today.
Helinski is looking forward to having a place of his own to call “home” and thankful for the help he has received, he added.
Tampa Police Department Officer Daniel McDonald and Helinski’s case manager, Charles Inman of Drug Abuse and Comprehensive Coordinating Office Inc. (DACCO), have spent the past few weeks trying to help Helinski locate his personal identification documents to get him into housing, Officer McDonald said.
“John came to the DACCO Community Housing Solutions Center last December when it first opened,” McDonald said.