Families and Individuals Assisted with Community Ministry Housing Program in 2004
Mary Margaret – receives $200 subsidy each month. Mary continues to follow through on her plan, which is dependent upon receiving a Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8). Her finances remain tight, but she is diligent about paying basic living expenses before anything else.
is consistent in her work with our Family Advocate, meeting regularly and
openly discussing obstacles as she encounters them. Mary reports feeling a lot of financial
pressure, upon which she ruminates when she is not occupied with something
else. Together Mary and her advocate
decided to involve her in a volunteer position in the community. She has gotten involved at the Sacramento
Square Neighborhood Center, finding that several hours of volunteering per
month provides a good mental diversion, but the tasks they offered to her were
primarily janitorial. Mary and her
advocate continue to pursue other volunteer opportunities that will be physically
and mentally engaging. She is pursuing
opportunities at the
Agnes – continues to receive a $100 subsidy each month. Agnes is still taking classes, but her employer is no longer paying her tuition. They do, however, still allow her to do homework during slow times during her shift. Because Agnes is now paying her own way through school, she is unable to take multiple classes each quarter, extending the timeline before her graduation. Also, Agnes’ mother had a stroke, which has created additional stress and distractions from progress toward her educational goals.
Ronnie and Erika – receive a $100 monthly subsidy. This young couple has two small children, a 2 year old and a six month old and still have the energy and commitment to build a better future. Ronnie was apprenticing as a plumber and was recently laid off when his company experienced financial problems. He has quickly secured other employment and is again generating income for the family. Erika had been working low-wage, retail positions and saw that opportunities were not likely unless she improved her skills and training. She is now halfway through a vocational training program that prepares people for administrative positions and includes a job placement element. She will complete the program in the fall of this year and most graduates earn starting salaries of $25,000 to $30,000. Until that time, Ronnie and Erika are receiving a $100 monthly subsidy that brings their rent payment down to $890. This is a manageable housing cost, but still a large portion of their current $40,000 combined monthly income. Their need for a continued rental subsidy after Erika obtains a new job will be assessed at that time.
Calandra: This single mother is in her twenties and has a young daughter. She has been independently raising the young girl for several years, displaying dedication beyond her age. However, she has also made some decisions that negatively affected her credit. The consequences of those decisions have caught up with her and brought her to Good Shepherd Housing because her credit was too poor to gain a lease in her own name. However, Calandra also has demonstrated that family is a high priority. In addition to her daughter, Calandra has custody of her younger sister so that the sister would not be placed with a foster family.
The $200 per month subsidy started in September, 2004 and will continue for six months before it is reevaluated. This will allow Calandra and her family to transition into their new rental home with Good Shepherd Housing. Already Calandra has accomplished some of her goals, and also had her share of turmoil, losing her job and acquiring a part-time job immediately to fill the gap while she looks for a full-time one. Future goals include stabilizing household income, reliable transportation and ensuring that her daughter's learning disability is adequately addressed in the public schools. Calandra is also continuing to pursue her bachelor's degree online.