After years in a shack by Campostella Bridge, Norfolk man gets help with an apartment

For the first time in close to 30 years, Gino Linn Reid has a roof over his head that’s not a prison ceiling or a plastic tarp.
Feature (Virginia)

Eric Hartley
Virginian-Pilot (The Pilot)
October 14, 2016

Tags: Housing: Homelessness, Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virgina (Norfolk)


In the first week of October, Reid signed a lease and moved into a two-bedroom apartment west of Military Highway in a neighborhood called Shadywood East.

Most of the $950 rent is covered through a state housing subsidy. Reid, a Marine Corps veteran, will pay $312 a month out of a pension he just started getting with help from the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia.

For the first time in a long while, he doesn’t have to worry about the police – or about someone trying to take his spot.

“What’s a good feeling is to be legitimate, you know?” he said, sitting on the couch in his new living room.