A 43-year old mother of two has finally received safe housing with the support of CDS. She describes her house as her “home,” her “sanctuary.”
Housing has affected her confidence and she reports seeing a difference in the way she is treated in her community. This has not always been the case as she faced homelessness from January 2010 to July of the same year. She remembers doing whatever it took to stay warm; sleeping in doorways, behind bridges and seeking male companionship. Inconsistent and unsafe housing has intensified her struggle with addiction and has led to new chronic health challenges.
Now that she has her own place “nobody comes in unless I want” and there are “no drugs”. In the future SK hopes to work with others in a therapeutic environment.