Sharon and Alliah

Sharon and Alliah

Sharon is a 35 year-old divorced single mom. She supports herself and her daughter, Alliah, on her very limited income as a security guard - she makes just over $9 per hour. Last year, Sharon and Alliah became homeless when City inspectors evacuated their affordable, but severely run-down Bronx apartment that violated fire safety codes. With no family in New York, they had nowhere to turn but the shelter system.

Sharon was frustrated because although she worked full-time, she did not earn nearly enough money to find and rent a new apartment in New York City's tight real estate market. In fact, she could barely afford clothing for herself and her daughter - Alliah often wore the same outfits four or five times each week, and Sharon had only one bra that she washed daily.

Coalition case managers discovered Sharon during a presentation they made at a shelter this past summer. She soon enrolled in our Rental Assistance Program. Since Sharon joined the program, we helped her find an apartment for her family, where she moved in September. For the next two years we will provide a $300 rent stipend each month to ensure that they maintain housing. At the same time, Sharon has been participating in financial and life skills training to help her become more employable and earn higher wages.

Above all else, Sharon is grateful that her daughter won't have to spend one more night in a shelter. She believes that her life is on the right track, and is excited for the future.

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