Help Homeless Man Purchase RV

Overview: 
Meet Jay. He was wrongfully evicted from his low-income housing apartment and is now homeless. Jay is an outstanding citizen, Christian, father, grandfather, and my son-in-law. Unfortunately, Jay also has some serious medical issues, which make the need for a home even more urgent. Please read the details of his character, homeless plight and help with whatever amount you can afford to enable Jay to purchase a Motor Home to live in permanently.   

All funds will go towards the purchase of a used motor home. A new class A motor home can run $100,000 to $500,000 or more. However, a used class A MH that is a 2008 or newer with pop-outs and in reasonable condition can be found in the $25,000 to $40,000 price range. Many have low mileage being used mainly for get-away weekends and vacations. This is going to be a permanent home for Jay. It will allow him to visit family in California and Arizona. The goal is to spend quality time without being a burden to family and friends.

Jay is age 57, disabled with 4 degenerated discs in his lower back and 3 in his neck. He has COPD, severe nerve damage in his lower back and legs, plus arthritis of an 80-year-old. Jay has suffered three heart attacks and has had two stents inserted. He is under pain management care so that the pain level can be managed but never eliminated.

Details: 
Jeffrey ("Jay") Klotz moved into my parent’s apartment on the west side of San Jose, CA in the beginning of 2010 as the main caregiver for my mother. Mom was battling cancer again at age 83 and was bed ridden. She required 24-hour care, which was beyond what dad could handle at age 87 and being blind himself. He was not capable of providing the care mom required. She was placed in a nursing home that did not care for her properly. She pleaded with Dad and Jay to take her home. She did not want to die in that place. Jay committed to the task of bringing her home to provide her the dignity of the life she desired for her final months. It was difficult both physically and mentally on Jay. Dad created even more issues as he was having difficulty dealing with the reality of losing his wife. All the other family members were not capable of financially or personally able to supply the essential care she required.

Mom passed away on September 19, 2010. Jay stayed with Dad to assist him through the transition of losing his wife after 65 years of marriage. We moved Dad into a VA home in December after going through the long application process. He required someone to be with him most of the hours he was awake. He could only be left alone for short periods of time. This was far too much for any one person to handle. Jay was added to their lease before mom passed. Then in January 2011 the lease was transferred into his name when Dad was move to the VA home. 

The apartment was one unit within a larger complex primarily reserved for low-income residents participating in California's Section 8 Affordable Housing Voucher program. The program is currently oversubscribed and there is a backlog waiting list of several years. Jay had no income, unable to physically find employment (He was a long-haul truck driver for many years until his first heart attack.) He was poorly represented in his disability court case and denied disability even with his medical issues. They say it is difficult to obtain under age 50 unless you are blind, or immobile. The only assistance he received from the state was about $200 in food stamps. Family assisted with some supplemental cash (About $100 a month) to pay the $35 rent and extra money for food. He finally qualified for social security disability in 2013 and paid 30% of his income for rent. That was a significant life-changing event, going from pure existence to becoming independent for the first time in over five years.

Jay was known in the neighborhood for his positive attitude and friendly demeanor. Jay is a private man, who used his faith to get him through difficult times.

God works in mysterious ways. There are challenges that seem terribly unfair, but he never gives you more than you can handle. You call upon an inner strength to keep you moving forward when all hope seems to have disappeared.

I have seen how he has handled adversity over the last ten years and have witnessed how he has restrained himself when wrongly accused. I have observed him going above and beyond the call of duty to advise, assist and provide for his three sons at different times. He has spent time and money to ensure that his oldest grandson (lives with his mother) is loved, cared for and visits family. Money is only a tool for him to provide the essentials. Love, showing that you personally care, and coming to their aide when required is just the type of father, grandfather and friend that he has been for years.  

There was a woman living above mom and dad’s apartment for a several years who became a difficult neighbor. She was Persian and made several complaints about my folks from being racist to parking and noise issues. My parents were probably the most ethnically unbiased people I know. They were good friends with the African family next door and the other Persian family above them. They both had their share of difficulty with that woman. She had a reputation of being mean spirited and always demanding her way. The difficulty is that management in these large complexes change every year or even more often. So, just when you start to build a case against this woman, new management would come in and you would have to start all over. She would always go on the offense to get her way and it did not matter what she had to do or what it cost.

This woman was upset when she found out that Jay took over the apartment when dad moved out, as she wanted the ground floor. She started a mission that took her over six years to have him evicted on oct. 16, 2016. She complained to management over trivial issues like the window a/c being too loud, prompting management to require Jay to have a portable indoor unit instead. The neighbor even went as far as getting the police involved on more than one occasion, alleging harassment, notwithstanding a complete lack of objective evidence to support such a claim. Her standard operating procedure would be to harass, instigate or perpetrate a negative action against Jay and then turn it around and accuse him of doing what she had done. Jay had made numerous attempts to resolve any differences the two had, but when that failed, he suggested to management that one of them should move into another unit on the property, even volunteering himself to leave his beloved apartment to another one within the complex. This request was denied multiple times. In the end, Jay was somehow portrayed as the bad guy, despite other neighbors insisting that Jay had never done anything wrong and that the other party was the aggressor. 

The problem was exacerbated with seven changes in management during his time living there. Most of the grievances from Jay were never documented, only verbal. This woman was a loud and in your face type of person. Management did whatever it took to settle her down, which meant concessions by Jay almost every time. In the end this woman won the battle. The funny part is that she moved to another apartment in the complex that November after Jay was evicted. Something that management had refused to do when he made the repeated requests.  I, as his father-in-law believe that there will come a day when this woman will pay a significant price for her actions.

Jay has been homeless for almost two years. He is banned from ever receiving section 8 housing anywhere in the country for life. Family and friends have done their best to have him stay with them for different periods of time. It is very difficult to do for extended periods as everyone has different lifestyles and situations.

The solution is to obtain a motor home of his own, so that when he visits he will have a place of his own too live in and not be a burden to others. It will also allow him to travel south in the winter with warmer weather.  Now is the time to do whatever you can to help Jay into a home of his own. Let’s make this holiday season one that he can enjoy and regain his independence and self-esteem in his own home.

Donations

  • david hardy 
    • $50 
    • 25 mos
  • david hardy 
    • $800 
    • 30 mos
  • David Hardy 
    • $600 
    • 31 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $60 
    • 35 mos
  • Wendy Blum 
    • $100 
    • 36 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jeff (Jay) Klotz 
Organizer
San Jose, CA
James Syvertsen 
Beneficiary
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