Homeless Man Finds Forgotten Bank Account with Enough Money to Buy a House

Homeless Man Finds Forgotten Bank Account with Enough Money to Buy a House

It might seem like a silly thing to mention, but if you’re homeless and impoverished it might be worth checking around to make sure you don’t have some forgotten bank account with mountains of cash in it. As it turns out, that is exactly what John Helinski discovered when a dedicated case worker and a police officer tried to help get him back on his feet.

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John Helinski was once homeless, sleeping on a cardboard box by a bus stop…

Now Helinski’s got a locker, a bed and a dedicated case worker at a new 24/7, one-stop-shop housing center for homeless in Hillsborough County off 50th Street…

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But wait, his story gets way better than that — way, way better.

“He needed to have an identification, but we couldn’t get an identification without a birth certificate,” said DACCO Case Manager Charles Inman. “There was no other option to succeed. You know, the thought of putting a 62-year-old man back on the street wasn’t acceptable.”

Inman wasn’t going to give up and Tampa Police Officer Dan McDonald isn’t the quitting kind either.

They got Helinski, who was born in Poland but is an American citizen, a driver’s license, a Social Security card and his name back.

But wait, it gets even better.

At a Tampa bank branch, Helinski discovered an old, forgotten bank account.

The bank account has money in it. His Social Security benefits had been piling up for years, enough for Helinski to buy permanent housing…

Social Security helped buy this man a house? Wow… I’m glad to know someone is getting something for that 12.4 percent tax rate. It is great, however, to see things finally turning around for this man. Helinski found himself homeless and impoverished after his identity was stolen, and now he is getting his life back on track thanks to a social worker and a police officer… And a forgotten bank account.

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