When you meet Travis, it’s easy to feel at ease.
His humble demeanor and playful smile make him seem like someone you’ve known for years.
If you stop by Pacifica Housing’s Downtown Outreach Services office you are likely to see Travis helping Streets to Homes staff with moving furniture and handling donations.
A huge lover of nature, Travis is always eager to share about his last fishing excursion or his hopes for an upcoming camping trip or hiking adventure.
After ten years of being homeless, Travis decided it was time for him to get off the street. With the goal of finding a nice place to live, and going back to school, Travis found himself in Pacifica Housing’s Streets to Homes program.
Four years later, Travis lives in a home he loves with his beloved cat “Baby Girl” and is currently a full-time student.
Having completed his first term, Travis has his sights set on completing Camosun College’s two-year Employment Training and Preparation Program.
When asked what it is that Travis likes most about his home, his face lights up, and with a grin he replies that it’s “quiet”.
He becomes more serious when talking about the Streets to Homes program.
“If it weren’t for Streets to Homes, I wouldn’t be here,” he says. “I really think that.”
In addition to completing his studies, Travis is in the process of obtaining part time employment. In his spare time he plans to nurture his love of the outdoors by participating in the Adaptive Recreation outdoor program through Power To Be.
Through Streets to Homes, Pacifica Housing provides 125 of Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable homeless population with access to stable and affordable private market housing and individualized case managers to assist them in addressing multiple barriers to maintaining long term, stable housing.