IHI Residents Share Their Stories
Julie and Shania
Julie and Shania
Julie and Shania
Before Julie and her daughter Shania moved into IHI housing in 2006, they had been sleeping on a friend's floor after fleeing a domestic violence situation. Prior to moving into IHI housing, Julie suffered a severe back injury and was missing a great deal of work. When it became clear that Julie was struggling to pay rent and meet basic household needs, Resident Services intervened to prevent an eviction. IHI staff worked closely with Julie to make sure she was able to maintain housing until she was finally awarded disability benefits. This included using our Emergency Fund to meet immediate needs and assistance accessing multiple community resources. Julie engaged in several budgeting sessions to figure out how to manage her reduced income and continues to participate in tenant workshops and community events, and Shania is an active participant in youth programs. This family is stable in IHI housing, but would have faced homelessness again without the assistance of Resident Services.