Rodrigo is a Lawful Permanent Resident who lost his Green Card when he was evicted from his home in 2012. After a work-place accident left him disabled he was unable to pay his rent and lost many important documents when his landlord evicted him. His Green Card is the only proof of his legal immigration status. Without proof of his status, Rodrigo could not obtain the public assistance to which he’s eligible, including a rent subsidy. Since he was evicted and lost his Green Card, Rodrigo has been homeless, taking shelter at his local community church, unable to find steady housing because he was constantly denied benefits by the Nassau County Department of Social Services. The church eventually helped him pay the fee to apply for a new Green Card, but the application is still pending. Rodrigo met Keiko at the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen in early 2017. Keiko immediately contacted Immigration about why Rodrigo’s replacement card was taking so long and learned that there was no particular problem, just a long backlog of processing applications. Keiko also advocated with the Department of Social Services on Rodrigo’s behalf, explaining that he had the requisite immigration status even if he didn’t have a current Green Card. As a result of Keiko’s advocacy, Rodrigo is receiving all the public benefits to which he is entitled and is in the process of moving into a new apartment.