Rosa came to Living Room this winter in need of immediate housing for her and her two young children. She was camping in a concealed, wooded area in Atlanta. To make matters more difficult, Rosa lives with a mental health issue, which only became worse when she and her children were without a home. She was ready to just give up.
Her Living Room case manager was able to accept Rosa into our Emergency Lodging program to immediately house her and her children. Not only did her case manager help Rosa find housing but also ensured she had a path towards stable housing for her family. With support and guidance from a therapist and her case manager, Rosa’s outlook changed, and she was eventually able to find a part-time job hosting at a local restaurant.
Today, Rosa is still employed, and has been accepted into Living Room’s Special Needs Housing Assistance Program, where she and her children are housed with a specialized provider that helps Rosa with her mental health issues, along with working towards long-term stability goals.
“The path to stability is not easy. It’s not a simple bandage. It’s arduous. It’s sometimes painful. It’s taking every part of a person’s needs into account.”
Stories like Rosa’s are why we do what we do. The path to stability is not easy. It’s not a simple bandage. It’s arduous. It’s sometimes painful. It’s taking every part of a person’s needs into account. While stories like Rosa’s give us hope, they also remind us how great the need is for housing support for people living with HIV.
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