A Story of Hope

Lisa, a single mother of five young children, was working two jobs just to make ends meet and provide for her family. She and her children lost their home in a devastating fire that almost took their lives. Without anything but the clothes on her children’s backs and the will to stay together, Lisa¬†turned to the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) for support and direction.

Lisa and her family had a Section 8 certificate, which allows the family to only pay 30% of their income for rent while the government subsidizes the remaining amount. If they had not moved immediately they would lose their certificate to another family. The Family-to-Family Project (FTFP) and SHC coordinated efforts to keep the family together and preserve the certificate. SHC paid for Lisa and her children to live in a hotel for two nights while they found an available apartment. FTFP provided the funding for a security deposit so the family could move into a safe and secure home.

During this crisis, Lisa was able to keep her job, and her children continued to attend school. Lisa and her family are currently still in the apartment. Without the critical assistance that Family to Family provided, made possible through the generosity of our donors, Lisa’s family would have been forced to move to a shelter, likely far from their school and work.