Ericka

Ericka

Ericka was recently divorced, a single mom with five kids, including a brand new baby. She and her children were staying at a local emergency shelter, which referred her to Community Advocates for help finding new housing.

She lost everything in the divorce.  Most importantly, she lost her house.  She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant, but her paycheck did not provide enough income to maintain the housing she and her kids needed.

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Annette

Annette

Annette had been abused by her husband for over 20 years.  One time, he hit her so hard in her head that she sustained severe hearing damage.  This required her to wear hearing aids – which were later destroyed by her husband in another attack.

Wanting to end the abusive life she was living, Annette left her husband.  Having no means to support herself, she became homeless.

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James

James

James cannot read or write, because he is cognitively disabled.  His caretakers have guessed that this is because he drank kerosene as a kid.  He gets confused very easily, and when he is confused, he gets defensive and aggressive.

James was living in a dark, narrow, moldy basement apartment.  He kept saying he wanted to move out of this “raggedy old house” (his way of referring to his sub-par rental unit).

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Sheena

Sheena

Sheena is a home health nurse, a single mom with two young daughters.  A few years ago, as her finances became more and more squeezed, she fell behind on her utilities payments.  Her arrears ballooned to almost $3,000.

She was constantly living under the threat of disconnection, fearing she would be living in darkness, unable to cook, unable to provide for her girls.

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Eugenia

Eugenia

Eugenia lives alone.   She is elderly and owns her own home.

She had always tried to keep her home adequately heated, but even so, she was constantly cold.  She did not have many friends she could ask for help or advice.

She didn’t think of applying for energy assistance because someone had told her once that she was ineligible.

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