For Sung-ha Jou, a 44-year-old Air Force veteran, one disaster kept leading to the next during the coronavirus pandemic. He lost his job early in the pandemic, then his home, his van, and his other sources of support. Then, on his first day at a homeless shelter, he got a vaccine shot. To his great surprise, he learned recently he won a prize in the DC vaccine lottery, a year of free rides on the DC metro. It’s a boon he needed badly, and one that will help him travel to medical appointments, social services, and other important outings as he gets back on his feet while pursuing employment and housing. “This is literally God-sent. I am so grateful for this. It’s just out of nowhere. Just when I thought everything was going wrong, this really helped me out,” said Jou.

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