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
“Dan” has been a homeless client of Coastside Hope for many years. Over the years, we helped him enroll in CalFresh, Medi-Cal, our food pantry program, and other programs. Recently Dan asked about rental assistance. His case manager explained the process and helped him understand the rental assistance program. Once Dan gathered the required documents, his case manager helped him apply for move-in rental assistance. He was approved for the housing deposit and the first two months rent. The additional two months rent increases the likelihood that Dan can remain stably housed. Dan was very thankful when he received the good news. Thanks to your help, Dan is no longer homeless.