Kyla was referred to FIT by a residential treatment center. In order to reunify with her children who were in foster care Kyla had to remain clean and sober and provide a stable home. Kyla moved into a Clean and Sober Shared Transitional Housing unit. Over her 12 months in the program Kyla successfully completed her court ordered treatment program, developed strong relationships in the recovery community, reunified with her two children- Dylan and Tara, and found employment. She also developed a solid support system with another program participant. The two women found shared housing in the community upon program completion and currently assist each other with childcare and household responsibilities. Having someone else in recovery to rely on has helped Kyla to succeed in staying clean and sober and providing a stable, healthy home for her children.
Steve was struggling to find housing for his family after he was discharged from the Army. He was referred to SSVF and developed a concrete action plan with his Case Manager that addressed his barriers to stable housing. Based on this plan Steve received support from his Case Manager accessing his VA and mainstream benefits. They also worked together on budgeting and housing search. When housing was found, SSVF provided move-in costs. Additionally, Steve received assistance with car repair and initial child care costs so he could obtain employment. Steve now works full-time and lives in stable, permanent housing with his wife and children.
Isabel and her two young children were staying here and there following her rental being foreclosed on. She was worried about how she would afford housing along with all her other bills. She was paying almost half of her income just for a patchwork system of childcare. She and her FIT Case Manager mapped out a plan that included budgeting for future income and expenses –saving her income tax return for higher cost summer child care for her older child – and getting on the list in the spring for a full-day Head Start program for her younger child. When she found a small cottage she was provided with first months full rental assistance, followed by several months of partial assistance while waiting for her youngest child to enter the Head Start program so she could work full-time.
Tony and Jeannie
Tony and Jeannie and their five children almost lost their housing after Tony suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury –TBI- in a car accident. Tony, who had always been the primary wage earner, was no longer able to work. In addition to the financial crisis, the entire family was also under a huge amount of stress from the lack of impulse control and angry outbursts Tony experienced following the accident. FIT staff worked with the family to develop a budget, apply for Social Security Disability benefits, and access resources to help the family adjust to their changed lives. Tony was enrolled in a day program for adults with TBI. This not only greatly improved Tony’s level of functioning, but allowed Jeannie the time to get a part-time job while her children were at school. Financial assistance focused on several months of paying the majority of rent while waiting for benefits to start, followed by two months of partial payments while Jeannie secured employment.
Sophia was a young mom who was working part- time at a day care center and attending school to obtain her Early Childhood Education Degree. She had been staying here and there, with her daughter while trying to save up enough for her own place. Eventually she ran out of friends to stay with and she ended up at the Rebele Shelter. When her daughter was a baby she had signed up on the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list. While at the shelter her name came to the top of the list. Sophia was ecstatic that she could finally provide a stable home, but had no money for moving expenses. The CHAMP program helped Sophia with a security deposit, and even helped with utility deposits. Sophia was able to move into her new home and complete her education, leading to a full- time job and working her way off of CalWORKS assistance.
Katie had been a full-time homemaker for many years. When her husband left the family she suddenly became the sole support for herself and her two children. Having no luck finding employment with outdated skills, Katie applied for CalWORKS benefits and was placed in a medical billing training program. Katie was referred to the Housing Scholarship Program, where she was helped with a rent subsidy to keep her home while she got back on her feet. Her FIT Case Manager also helped Katie to learn to budget on a limited income. Katie completed her training, found full-time employment, has worked her way off aid and is now completely self-sufficient.
Daniel was a young man who suddenly became the sole guardian of his infant daughter when the baby’s mother abandoned her. Daniel had been a full-time student barely scraping by doing odd-jobs, and sharing a home with multiple roommates. Desperate for a way to provide a stable home for his baby girl, Daniel was referred to Cal-WORK’s and the Housing Scholarship Program. He and his FIT Case Manager developed a plan that included housing assistance and modifying his educational program to obtain certification that would lead to employment within a year. In order to increase his stability Daniel chose to share a home with another single parent he met at school. The Housing Scholarship Program subsidized Daniel’s share of the rent while he completed his training, and the two parents shared childcare duties to accommodate their busy schedules.