When *Linda entered Carpenter’s Shelter, she was determined to find a stable home where she could raise her four young children safely. She worked full-time while at the shelter and saved money toward future housing. She coordinated with our staff to create a budget, attended our parenting classes, and worked with our mental health specialist to address the domestic violence and difficult family situation she had faced in the past. Linda’s children participated in the shelter’s numerous youth programs during their stay.

After working with our Housing Locator, Linda found an apartment in the community and utilized rapid rehousing funding to cover the security deposit and first three months’ rent. Having these start up housing costs covered was a crucial step for Linda and her children to successfully move into permanent housing. The family is now living in a three-bedroom home in Northern Virginia after staying at the shelter for a little over two months. 

*Identity has been changed for confidentiality reasons.