POCATELLO, Idaho — An Idaho man who spent six months living on a Pocatello street corner has found a new home.

Nichole Lindstrom and her fiancé took Gary Kerness in after watching him on the street corner for months, The Idaho State Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2cCBjKv ).

“Nobody knows Gary like I do,” said an emotional Lindstrom. “He’s very giving, loving, compassionate, smart, and he has a heart of gold. A lot of people don’t see that nor do they care.”

Kerness was living on the streets to protest what he claims is unfair housing accommodations for Pocatello’s disabled citizens after he was evicted for multiple disturbing the peace violations.

Kerness said he will continue his protest for adequate housing options even now that he is no longer homeless.

“What government fails to see is they are causing the problems,” Kerness said. “The only way you can solve these problems is through education. It might take a generation to fix it, but it has to start now.”

Kerness is diabetic and has muscular dystrophy. Lindstrom had previously worked as his caregiver and during his homelessness she would often stop to take pictures and chat. Now as he pays rent in his new accommodations he has hired Lindstrom and her daughter as his caregivers.

“It’s not exactly the Ritz, but the doors are wide enough for my wheelchair,” he said. “I was committed to giving up my life on that corner, but now I don’t have to.”

Lindstrom said Kerness is like family and does not deserve to spend the cold winter months on the street.

“He’s a wonderful person,” she said. “He really is, and as long as I have a roof over my head then Gary will, too.”


Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com

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