“Tom” lives on the Coastside with his wife and three children. A handyman by trade, he like many, saw a downturn of his business during the pandemic. Many people who would have happily hired him were now hesitant to have anyone inside their homes. His working hours decreased and this put the family’s main income source at risk. While this is a hardship for any family, Tom had more on his plate. Just a few years earlier, Tom’s wife suffered a debilitating stroke. The unexpected tragedy left her with kidney failure and other health issues, and she lost her ability to speak. Crumbling for any family to endure, Tom focused on getting her the extensive care she required. At first, Tom’s wife was moved to a nursing facility that could give her the 24-hour care she needs. However, when Tom and his children went to visit one day, they found her undressed and unfed and became deeply concerned. Distraught, Tom reached out to Coastside Hope for help. Through Coastside Hope’s personal connections, a case manager was able to help Tom flag his concerns with the appropriate agencies. Since then, Tom and his 18-year-old son now serve as daily caregivers for his wife. From bathing, dressing, and feeding her to helping her receive life-sustaining dialysis treatments several times a week. Coastside Hope stepped in and educated Tom on how IHSS could help family members receive funds to care for his wife or gain resources to help with her care. Coastside Hope was also able to help Tom receive Rental Assistance. A proud man, Tom was adamant that he was asking for two months of support even though he was quickly looking at being three months behind in payments. He hoped that he could scrape by and cover the current month. Coastside Hope stepped in for Tom and secured three months’ rent coverage. While that doesn’t change their family situation, this safety net helps keep the financial burdens at bay just a little longer so Tom and his family can focus on caring for his wife. Rental assistance is one of a wide range of services we provide that serve a common goal: to stabilize local families in their time of need and prevent homelessness.
As a single mother with two kids living here on the coast, it has often been a struggle just to make ends meet. When Covid-19 struck and many jobs were put on hold, my situation went from challenging, to extremely worrisome. I wasn’t able to pay my rent or provide as usual for my children. Coastside Hope helped me with the necessary paperwork and guidance to establish rental assistance while I am working to get back up on my feet. They have been so much more however, they have been kind, supportive, and true to their name, they have given me hope that we are all going to get through this together as a community. I am truly grateful for the support I have received from Coastside Hope. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Lisa came to Coastside Hope for rental assistance for her and her family of five. A story like so many we hear, it only takes a few twists of bad luck that puts a family at risk for losing their home. First the family lost considerable funds when her husband, “Peter,” lost his job because his employer closed down. No financial cushion was provided and the family lost out on a full month of income because the employer filed bankruptcy. Despite searching for new employment Peter has so far not had any luck. In July, the family car was taken after a large Costco shopping effort. The car was returned but the groceries and supplies were gone. Weeks later, Lisa fell in her home and ended up in a leg cast. Unfortunately, she didn’t get paid for that time off nor received SDI benefits. Because they needed the money, Lisa returned to work, even though she was still in pain. Despite the number of discouraging events, the family remained optimistic and wanted to set their sights on opening a business so they’d have more financial security. Coastside Hope helped the family apply and then receive two months’ rent support from one of our rental assistance programs. The family is grateful and focused on building a solid foundation despite the current economic climate. Rental assistance is one of a wide range of services we provide that serve a common goal: to stabilize local families in their time of need and prevent homelessness.