Laura and Michael

Laura and Michael

Laura and her seven-year-old son Michael lost their Far Rockaway apartment when their landlord racked up so many violations that residents were forced to leave. Their only alternative was to move into a Bronx shelter. Almost immediately, Michael started performing poorly in school and getting into trouble.

With their situation quickly deteriorating, Laura looked to the Coalition for a long-term housing solution. Our staff worked with her for months, and she was overjoyed when she received notice that an apartment became available at our Bridge Building Residence on the Upper East Side. "It was a relief because now I am able to cook, to wash, take a bath, take a shower," she says. "This apartment is mine. I have my own room. My son has his own room."

"Anytime we need help with anything, like when I needed help finding a job, the staff was there to help." Laura and her son are just one of the hundreds of families the Coalition has helped move out of the shelter system and into homes of their own.

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