Chi-Race had to choose between paying rent and paying for food.
As a single mother without a strong support network, it became increasingly difficult to make ends meet. She moved in with her parents when a major disagreement changed her life. Soon she and her children were bouncing between shelters and motels.

That’s when they became part of United Way’s Housing First program. Housing First helps families achieve a stable housing situation before and while addressing other issues that contributed to their homelessness. Thanks to Housing First’s multi-pronged approach of case management, financial coaching and budgeting, Chi-Race now maintains permanent housing and proudly supports her family.

United Way and our partners can do even more with your support:

  • We offer financial counseling
  • We provide eviction-prevention training to landlords
  • We’re increasing access to surplus food so families don’t have to choose between groceries and rent

Did you Know?
Homeless families in shelter are still homeless. Safe and affordable housing contributes to better health, educational and social success for children.