Telling Our Stories: Jessica

Jessica, her own mother who is disabled, and Jessica’s three children became homeless when their apartment complex was sold and their lease was not renewed. They lived in motels until Jessica’s work hours were cut in half. After motel bills depleted their savings, Jessica’s family was at a crossroads and needed some time to get back on their feet.

“I was doing the best I could with what I had. I was going to bust my butt to make things better. I just needed some help.”

That’s when Jessica found the only shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Clackamas County, Northwest Housing Alternatives’ Annie Ross House.

The Annie Ross House provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and intensive case management for families with children experiencing homelessness. Through the Annie Ross House’s HomeBase program, now we can also end homelessness before it begins.

Once in the shelter, Jessica started working with Lisa, one of Northwest Housing Alternatives’ Family Support Specialists. Lisa helped her find resources for her family and began the process of helping Jessica acquire permanent affordable housing.

To save money and rebuild a positive rental history, Jessica and her family moved into one of the Annie Ross House’s six transitional units. These on-campus units are reserved for families with barriers to housing who need more time to transition from homelessness.

Jessica’s family was able to transition from homelessness, into emergency shelter, to transitional housing, and on to permanent affordable housing due to Jessica’s hard work, determination and her love for her children.

Jessica’s family now lives in one of Northwest Housing Alternatives’ affordable apartments. She has earned an associate’s degree and will continue her education with the goal of becoming a social worker; she wants to help other families in need!

Please consider donating to Northwest Housing Alternatives and help us continue to serve mothers in need like Jessica.
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