Meet the Davis* family. Janice has struggled to create a safe home for her three children, ages 19, 16, and 14. In the past year, her family has experienced homelessness several times. Domestic violence, familial strife, child support issues, a custody battle, and rising rents combined to force her family into homelessness. As they moved around from place to place, this instability had a large impact on her children.
But in the midst of this housing instability, Janice continued to work where she’s a desk clerk and retail associate at St. Anthony’s in San Francisco — an organization dedicated to serving the homeless population in the Bay Area. She’s also a community volunteer, supporting Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing for homeless individuals.
Reaching Out for Help
Being no stranger to hard work and perseverance, Janice’s journey to find stable housing started with a visit to Samaritan House San Mateo. There, she worked with a case manager who completed an assessment to help determine to whom Janice and her family should be referred. That’s how she connected with Home & Hope.
Understandably, she was nervous about being part of yet another new environment, but in Janice’s words, “The churches were beautiful and there were so many nice people who were so helpful.” Home & Hope supported Janice in taking advantage of a housing voucher she had secured and obtaining rental assistance.
A Place to Call Home
After only 60 days with Home & Hope, Janice and her family moved into their new apartment, which is an extraordinary feat in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Home & Hope also helped enroll her daughter in a new school as well as purchase much needed essentials for the family’s new apartment.
Janice talked to her Home & Hope case manager about keeping her faith and staying strong in the midst of these challenges. “I want to do this for myself and my family — and show my kids that they’re taken care of.”
* Names have been changed for our families’ privacy.