In 2018, Navy Veteran and Hawaii native Rodney Navarro received an ultimatum: travel to Oregon to enter the White City Veterans Rehabilitation Center for substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder, or remain incarcerated at the Maui Community Correctional Center.
Navarro chose to go to Oregon.
Nine months later, Navarro was excelling in the program and meeting all his personal goals while remaining sober. His counselors encouraged him to apply for housing assistance from the nonprofit organization Access. Based in Medford, Oregon, the nonprofit provides supportive services to low-income Veterans living in or transitioning to permanent housing thanks to grants from VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.