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Ashley and her young daughter were starting out in a new life as recent El Nido Program graduates when the pandemic hit. Laid off from her job working with seniors, she called El Nido for support. Soon, she was enrolled in unemployment, taking on-line classes to complete her GED and with minimal food assistance, maintaining her household budget.
Raised in a violent household, the cycle of domestic violence continued in Gladys’ marriage. After 19 years of fear and violence, during a particularly terrifying episode when she feared for her life, Gladys filed her first police report. After that, it took one year of counseling and support groups for her to leave him.
After two months in a secure DV emergency shelter, Gladys and her three children arrived at ISN’s El Nido transitional housing Program. With the help of her case manager, Gladys began to envision and plan for an entirely new life. She and her children attended family therapy and grew closer. Gladys learned to manage her time and money. She found employment as a care giver at a nursing home, and after nine months in the program was approved for an affordable apartment.
Ramon Torres came into the ISN emergency shelter program in April 2021. Once he was safely sheltered, he worked quickly to clear up his past credit and find a job. It wasn’t long before he found permanent housing, which had to be taken quickly or lost to one of the long line of applicants. With the help of the Housing Program, he was able to move in a week later. Now, he continues to move towards his long-term goals.
“I’m going to the gym, I have a bank account. Hard work does pay off!” He quotes one of his religious mentors who says, “Don’t despise a humble beginning. It’ll get greater later.”
Imagine… You are 71 years old, on disability and physically challenged, and you and your grandson have been evicted from your home of 13 years.
Ruth, a soft-spoken grandmother still can’t believe it happened. After sleeping in her car for four months, the family was accepted into ISN’s Rotational Shelter Program. “Rents are so high in San Diego, especially for seniors. I just keep looking and I know we’ll find something. I’m just grateful to have a warm place to sleep and three meals a day while we look.”
Housing affordability is a problem for many; 50% of San Diegans can’t find market-rate rental housing they can afford, and 60% cannot afford to buy a home, according to the San Diego Housing Commission. The wait list for affordable housing is eight years or longer, as is the list for the Section 8 housing assistance program.