IHI Residents Share Their Stories
Irene and Family
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Irene and Family
Irene lives with her three boys Freddy, Pepe and Robert. Irene has been a single mother for the past 14 years. This last year in particular has been extremely hard on the family financially and emotionally. Between Irene's hours getting cut at work, needing to pay out of pocket for medical expenses, and consistently going into more debt by using pay day loans, her finances began to spiral out of control. Desperate to manage her debt, Irene decided to join a credit consolidation group that promised to help minimize her monthly payments and ensure her old debt would be paid off. After several months of going into more debt, just to pay for the debt consolidation, Irene found herself in an even worse situation.

When she realized she wasn't going to be able to be able to pay rent, Irene contacted IHI's on-site Resident Services Coordinator. IHI staff worked with Irene to access emergency food and utility assistance. IHI also provided rent assistance through a grant targeted at helping families in financial crisis. This allowed Irene and her family to stay housed and begin to tackle her financial issues. IHI's resident services coordinator has been working one-on-one with Irene for three months. She is gaining the skills to better manage her debt, create and maintain a realistic household budget, and access community resources. "Things are really hard right now, but for the first time I am starting to understand how to take care of my money better, which I know will help my family in the future."