As a last resort, the couple began living out of their cars. Harris applied for Section 8 housing, but the days, weeks and months passed without him hearing anything.

His wife’s pregnancy progressed, until she began to get contractions at 2 a.m., on a weekend, halfway through her eighth month. She woke Caleb up, but by this time her water had broken and her placenta was out.

In true action man style, however, Harris leapt right into it. He was on the phone to paramedics as he delivered his own son in the back of a car. He said on the phone: “A little arm reached out, and this tiny hand hung on to mine and before I knew it, he pulled himself out”.



Council person Nury Martinez reached out to LAHSA, the LA Homeless Services Authority, who in turn contacted Veterans Affairs and one of their San Fernando Valley providers. Information was passed on and fortunately Harris and his wife had a motel room booked for them before they’d even left the hospital.

“Sometimes, people get caught in the fringes of the program, applications don’t go through, or they get tired of the program” say LAHSA officials.

I’m just so happy Caleb Harris and his wife welcomed a healthy baby boy to the world.

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