In 2019, Janet moved to a role in the outreach team at DCM that is funded by Wellington City Council and continued working with Jason. She was very intentional about the way she would engage with him, making sure to keep him up to date and explaining things in great detail – gaining his trust one conversation at a time.
She found that the one thing that made him tick was his art, and that this could be one of the levers for housing. Together, they worked through the struggles of rough sleeping and how the weather could affect his art - his works-in-progress could be destroyed by rain, and he didn’t have any place to keep his materials.
When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in 2020, Jason had to make the decision to move in with a friend. He found that he could spend time indoors, feel safe, and make a home.
Over time, DCM were able to work with Jason to get him a room at the Set-Up and within an hour, Jason had his own room.
By the end of the year, Jason moved into his very own home.