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Homeless man gets new home thanks to couple who forfeited their own Christmas for him

Floyd Carter and Eric and Rachel Cox. (ABC7)

A homeless man now has a place to live thanks to the generosity of two strangers who chose to forfeit their Christmas.

For three years Floyd Carter has been homeless and living on the streets of Washington, D.C.

“You’ve got nowhere to go… You’re sneaking on people’s porches, going into abandon cars, or buildings [just] to lie down,” Carter said.

He’s been doing that for three years… That is up until two months ago when two very special people walked into his life.

Rachel and Erik Cox are two D.C. lawyers that struck up a conversation with Carter who usually stands outside of the Whole Foods on P St., NW.

After learning about Carter’s story, the two decided to take on his case, in a very different way.

“He told us he had a housing voucher and waited for months and months, but was unable to get his foot in the door or respect when he tried to get an apartment,” the Cox’s said. “We then looked at ourselves and thought, that’s not right, let’s see what we can do.”

Instead of exchanging gifts with one another for Christmas, they decided to take the money they would have spent on each other and put it toward an apartment.

“We talked and decided that we would cover the cost of getting him an apartment,” the Cox’s said.

Fast-forward to after moving in.

Now that Carter has moved in and has an address, he’s told us that he already has job offers on the table. He says he wants to be a chef at a hotel one day.

“I learned that there are some caring people in this world,” Carter said. “They made this the best Christmas I probably could ever have.”

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