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Rita’s Story | Homelessness Prevention & Intervention

“When I was homeless I had nothing. Now I have an apartment with furniture and food … I am so very glad and very happy.” – Rita, CRC participant

Rita never imagined she could become homeless. When Rita’s husband got sick, they depended on savings and Rita’s part-time job for income. When Rita’s husband passed away, she struggled to get back on her feet. Rita lived with her daughter and took care of her grand-kids, but was evicted because her daughter had too many people in the apartment.

For two years, Rita was homeless. She says, “It was horrible. Sometimes I was scared to sleep. Nobody ever asked me if I needed help.”

A friend told Rita about Community Resource Center, and she started coming to our Food & Nutrition Center weekly, storing food in her suitcase. Rita’s case manager, Chad, helped her receive Rapid Rehousing to provide the deposit and short-term rental assistance for an apartment at Mission Cove, an affordable community for seniors in Oceanside.

Rita loves her new home and is excited for the simple things like having a shower, a kitchen and a bed. After searching for employment, Rita also recently found a job at WalMart.

Rita says, “When I was homeless I had nothing. Now I have an apartment with furniture and food … I am so very glad and very happy.”

Are you in need of housing assistance? Please call our Integrative Services office at: (760) 753-8300