Broker, Homeless Man Create Real Estate Tour de Force

January 7, 2019

A real estate broker and a homeless man have become unlikely partners.

A Good Samaritan returned a lost $10,000 check to Roberta Hoskie of Outreach Realty Services in New Haven, Conn., after it went missing nearly a year ago. Hoskie wanted to meet the man, Elmer Alvarez, to thank him—and discovered he was homeless.

To show gratitude for his good deed, Hoskie helped Alvarez find an apartment, and she covered his rent for seven months while also paying for him to go through real estate school and get his license. Now the duo is working on a development project to build a transitional house for homeless teenagers and young adults. “I know what it is to be homeless,” Alvarez told CBS News. “Nobody deserves to live like that.”

Hoskie also knows the struggle of homelessness. Prior to building a multimillion-dollar real estate company, Hoskie was homeless as a teenage mom. “I remember what it felt like to be in that shelter,” Hoskie told CBS News.

Alvarez will eventually serve as an adviser at the transitional house.