The Blessing of Our Own Space
September 19, 2023
At the age of 20, Beth and her infant son moved into a shelter when her son’s father was incarcerated. They lived there for three years, while she worked and went to school to become a vet tech. Beth had never lived on her own, but as she neared graduation, she felt ready to move out of the shelter. Her case manager at the shelter connected her with Bridge of Hope. She liked the idea of having support from Neighboring Volunteers. “When I get into a bad mental space, I tend to isolate myself,” Beth said.
There are so few safe, low-income housing options available right now, but Beth’s Bridge of Hope case manager connected her with a property manager and advocated for Beth. At the end of the year-long lease, her landlord renewed it with no question and said he’d like to rent to more families in Bridge of Hope in the future. Landlord partnerships like this are vital in the midst of an affordable housing crisis!
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