Dreams of Housing Become Reality – Caitlyn’s Story
Caitlyn, a single mom, supported her children on one income for years. When her car broke down, it had to be replaced so she could get to work. With no emergency budget, Caitlyn could not afford to pay the rent and ultimately she and her family were evicted. In a single moment, Caitlyn and her children became homeless. They arrived at DuPagePads sites for food and shelter while Caitlyn went to work and the children attended school EVERY DAY.
They were grateful to have meals and a place to stay, but Caitlyn could not save enough money for the rent and deposit required to get an apartment. With YOUR SUPPORT, Caitlyn is the first participant to benefit from the new Tenant Based Rental Assistance program (TBRA). TBRA provides rental assistance, security deposits and supportive services for 12 months to assist homeless families and individuals to become housed and achieve self-sufficiency. DuPagePads’ case managers assisted Caitlyn with these services to help her and her family achieve these goals.
Dreams of housing now became a reality for Caitlyn and her children. “After 14 months of being homeless, my children and I now wake up in our home and get ready for our day. The kids come home from school and proudly hang their school papers on the refrigerator instead of being crushed in the bottom of their backpacks. They do their homework, pitch in to make dinner and then we all talk about accomplishments as well as problems of the day.
When we were homeless, I only told my boss as I needed time off to spend with my case managers. But if I can help other parents in my situation to keep their family together, I am willing to share our story of how DuPagePads gave us hope and a home again.”