With filming Surviving San Jose Manuel Gaivay had an interesting persona. He loved his dog unconditionally and hated the thought of being homeless. Gaivay lost everything, went to prison, and now lives on the streets. He has reached out to several programs to assist him with getting a job and a place to live but struggles with surviving.
Life for Gaivay has been tuff but through it all he prevails. He spends most of his time lounging in the park with his companion dog that he will risk being homeless for. Gaivay says, "I rather live on the streets with my dog, than to be in a home without him." He gets most of his help from a non-profit agency called Streets Team located in San Jose. Streets Team is an organization that helps homeless with food, clothes and shelter. Unfortunately, he does not like being homeless and says, "I really want a home because I don't want to be homeless anymore." Gaivay desperately wants to find a place to stay for him and his dog. He will continue to keep hope alive with his search.
Police bother him on a regular telling him to "move on" and for Gaivay finding a safe place to lay his head at night can be difficult. San Jose is a dangerous place, especially at night, so hopefully for Gaivay things will change.