Story of The Week 4/3/2017
By Justin Barton, Housing Support Specialist with the Committee On Temporary Shelter
A couple without permanent housing, who had been in COTS' shelter for 2 years, needed help with their security deposit. After I presented their case at to the Housing Review Team, they were approved for help. When I called to break the news to them, one of them started crying with joy while on the phone. The couple now has stable housing for the first time in 3-4 years.
A refugee from a Middle Eastern country, who is a single parent, came in because they knew that they were going to fall behind in their rent. After having heard that their cousin was murdered by a terrorist group, the individual punched a wall in grief and broke several fingers. This person works as a barber and this meant that they would be out of work and unable to pay rent for several months. After I presented their case at a COTS' private funding meeting, COTS decided to provide a short-term rent subsidy to this individual and their family. This meant that they would be able to maintain their housing while their hand healed and go back to work when the healing process finished.
Stories like this happen all of the time in my job and it's heartwarming to know that you helped people, in a small way, to obtain and maintain stable housing.