Series 3: Meet Your Unhoused Neighbor
Christine and her family have been experiencing homelessness in the City of Carlsbad for over two years. She and her husband have seven children, two of whom are adults. Christine and her eldest daughter are caregivers at an assisted living facility, and her husband lives with chronic health problems and is receiving disability insurance.
Many San Diegans on a fixed income are finding it extremely difficult to qualify for housing.
Christine is actively working with her case manager to find housing to better the lives of her family members. She is working to improve her credit score and works as many hours as possible to provide for her family. Christine loves San Diego, and she would be happy to have a home in this county after all these years.
Making 2.5 to 3 times the rent is a common rental criteria put forth by landlords. With the average studio apartment in San Diego going for $2,175, it’s no wonder many San Diegans on a fixed income, including our participants, are finding it extremely difficult to qualify for housing. Many of our participants, like Christine, are on a fixed income or are part of a household where at least one adult receives a public benefit like supplemental security income (SSI) or social security disability insurance (SSDI). These programs are intended to provide income to cover basic needs for individuals, yet in California the maximum SSI payment is $910.72 per month for an eligible individual living independently and $1532.14 per month for an eligible couple.
If you have housing leads for a 4bd+ unit with flexible income requirements, please reach out to us; Christine and family will take care of it as if it were their own.
*To protect our clients’ privacy, this isn’t the actual photo of the family. However, if you are interested in finding out about providing housing, more information will be provided.