This is Calvin. He’s orignially from Gary, IN, 50 years old and on disability. Calvin’s been with me for almost five years now, which makes him one of my longest-term tenants.
When he came to apply, I took his application and asked him some history. He’d been on disability since the age of 40. “My body was all swole up. My arms and legs looked like a elephant. My heart was all full o’ water.” He was suffering congestive heart failure at that young age, and was forced to quit work as a roofer/painter.
He received $1000/month and the rent was $530, all utilities paid. He assured me he lived simply and could afford it, and needed to get out of where he was. The neighborhood was bad. I checked with his landlord to make sure he was current, and took a drive by the place. “Bad” didn’t come close. It was downright scary. (And it takes a lot for me to say that.)
Although I questioned his financial ability to handle it long term, I approved Calvin for the apartment. There was just something about him . . . a gentle, sweet man . . . so I went with my gut. Now, my gut doesn’t always steer me in the right direction, I must admit. But Calvin keeps his place clean and has never been late with his rent. His health is an issue but he manages it well.
I asked him permission to write this blog piece about him. He didn’t know what a blog was but agreed when I explained I was going to start highlighting some of my wonderful tenants every month, and wanted to start with him. I think I actually saw him blush behind that dark skin! He was delighted.
So Calvin, here’s to you . . . may I be fortunate to find many more like you down the road! 🙂