Shortly before Thanksgiving, Raven, a hard-working mother of two little ones, Destiny age 5 and Kye 10 months, found herself in the middle of a divorce, had just lost her mother, her one true best friend, and no way to pay the rent. She was forced to leave the apartment she had been in for over a year and a half to move all of her belongings into a small storage shed and to live out of her car with her two young children.
Through the referral system, 2-1-1 Brevard, she was connected to the SOS (Safe Overnight Stay) program at Community of Hope and Case Manager, Nicole. Nicole worked with Raven every single day before she entered into the SOS Shelter in Melbourne- a wait due to no vacancy. Once the SOS Program had an opening, Raven gladly accepted the shelter. She would have a bed for her and the kids to sleep in at night. From there, Nicole and Raven hit the ground running. Making calls to other local agencies, reaching out to private landlords and apartment complexes, they kept hitting the same (and all too common) roadblock: the rental units all required between three to four times her income to even be considered. Working full time still was not enough to hit that requirement.
While in SOS, Raven saved every penny she had in hopes that she would have enough for a place when she found it. Nicole referred Raven to the Coordinated Housing Assessment Team (CHAT) for rental assistance and she was approved to have her first month rent and deposit paid upon finding an affordable place in her price range. With a great deal of diligence and prayer a unit meeting her needs was found and Raven was APPROVED! Lots of tears of joy and happiness would follow. With tears streaming down her face, she would repeatedly question, “Is this really happening?” Reassurance was given and the plans for the future she’d created would be set into motion.
Raven and her children have moved into their apartment and they have a place they can call “HOME”… just in time for Christmas. They will continue working with Nicole for at least the next six months to make sure that the family gets the support and guidance they need to stay housed.
Tiffanie has been through some very tough times in the past struggling with substance abuse and related issues. Over the past few years she has overcome those demons and has become a very loving and dedicated mother to Jayden (10 years old) and Noah (2 years old). However, there were still a couple of things missing.
First Tiffanie felt called to give back and help others transform their lives as she has transformed her own. To this end Community of Hope connected her with another local agency, Housing for Homeless, who were offering a peer support specialist training. This training leads to a certificate that will allow Tiffanie to be an agent of change for others with similar issues. She finished the training and is now working on earning internship and volunteer hours to attain the certificate. She is not only volunteering with Community of Hope where she is a Godsend, but also with an organization that provides mentoring and guidance to boys and young men.
Despite all of this, Tiffanie still had something missing, she has been unable to care for her middle child, Levi, as he has serious medical issues that require around the clock nursing care. Without a stable living situation and appropriate space for Levi, she was not in a position to care for him. Now that she is more financially stable she is ready but her current house is does not have a dedicated room for Levi. In July, Community of Hope will be helping Tiffanie move into a three bedroom house where she can have all of her boys under one roof.
Tim, Tracee,and their four children applied to Community of Hope in March of 2017 because the rental in which they were residing was being sold. The owner of the house gave them very little time to find a place. Although they were waiting to break ground and build their Habitat for Humanity home, once their rental was no longer an option, they had no other place to live...
Kevin and Yakita’s family, including their three children, came to Community of Hope through the Family Promise program. All three students are very involved with school programs, have very positive attitudes, and are eager to participate in CAMP HOPE. Housing instability, however, is an issues that their family has been battling for several years- making it difficult for everyone to feel secure and safe...