After 17 years of being homeless in San Jose, a woman who identifies herself as “Fireball” was thrilled when she learned in April that she had a spot in a homeless housing development project that was underway in the city.
“I’ve been dreaming and wishing for a place to live,” said Fireball — who received her nickname from a staff member involved in the Renascent Place housing project which is due to open its doors to residents on Feb. 18. She declined to provide her real name. “I guess I never gave up.”
Fireball lives in her recreational vehicle where she’s stayed for the last seven years. Before that, she lived out of her truck. She suffers from a variety of health conditions, she said, including asthma and tendinitis and is living on disability benefits. Over the years, Fireball said she’s been abused, raped and almost killed.
Now that she’s going to have a secure place to call home, Fireball said she can finally envision a better future for herself — working out more, taking her two dogs to the onsite park and holding a Bible study in a community room or the neighboring courtyard.
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