Telling Our Stories: Tina

Tina and her daughter became homeless when their shared living situation became unmanageable and unsafe. Tina was unemployed due to the recession, she had exhausted her savings and friends and family could no longer help. With nowhere to go, she remembered a friend who had been in a similar situation and had found a place to start over at the Annie Ross House.

“I saw how your steps had made her successful and got her into permanent housing. I felt that this was going to be a good place for me and my daughter.”

Tina’s family moved into the Annie Ross House, the only whole family shelter in Clackamas County. The Annie Ross House provides emergency shelter to 5 families every night.

Once in the shelter, she started working with Lisa, one of Northwest Housing Alternatives’ Family Support Specialists. Lisa helped Tina get connected to local social services, made sure her daughter was enrolled in school and started working to help Tina move past her barriers to housing. “I had boundaries holding me back and the Annie Ross House really stuck by me.” Lisa helped Tina write cover letters to landlords and employers explaining her background and rental history.

To save money and rebuild a positive rental history, Tina and her family moved into one of the Annie Ross House’s six transitional units. These on-campus units are reserved for families with considerable barriers to housing who need more time to transition from homelessness.
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While in transitional housing she filled out job applications, worked on her resume and found a part-time job. With the Annie Ross House paying utilities, supplying toiletries and food, she was able to save up money to move into Seneca Terrace - permanent affordable housing developed by Northwest Housing Alternatives and enhanced with Resident Services.

Tina and her family are now thriving. They have their own home, she was promoted and is now working full-time, and her daughter Tracy is doing well in school.

“I’ve become very independent. I’m maintaining my sobriety, my stability and my home life.” Tina just needed a second chance. She worked extremely hard and benefitted from our unparalleled continuum of care that helps families move from homelessness, into emergency shelter and on to permanent affordable housing.




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