Kelcia and her 2 kids, 9/10/19

Please join us in congratulating Kecia and her 2 daughters for finding a place of their own after being without a home for the last several months. After a loss of a job they lost their last place and have been staying in hotels and with family and friends until they were able to get into their own place. After building a budget with her and after she found a place that they could afford we were happy to help them by paying the security deposit. This family brings our placements this year to 40 and our grand total since we started OTS in 2014 up to 726.

Deyonna, Ricky, and their son, 7/16/19

Please join us in congratulating Deyonna, Ricky, and their son for ending their homeless situation. Read their story below:

Dear OTS,

Where we were living before we became homeless:
I was staying with a family member before I became homeless. That didn’t work out too well, we were only there to save money to buy a house in a year. We were kicked out with little time to plan our next move, so now we are homeless and seeking help

How we became homeless:
We decided to move in with a family member so we can help each other out and cut some cost. All was well until another family member moved in. Things begin to change and became stressful. We fell out with our family members and was asked to leave, so we did.

How long we’ve been homeless:
I’ve been without a home since the end of April, so it has been about two and a half months. I didn’t think we would be homeless for this long, I thought since we had jobs it would be easier. Trying to stay in hotels while waiting to find a decent place, that’s within your budget and that you actually get approved for is stressful.

Where we’ve stayed since we became homeless:
I’ve probably stayed at every motel 6 and Econo Lodge in the inland empire. Whatever hotel rates for the night are the lowest that’s where we go. Most times we stay close by our job to cut the cost of gas. Sometimes we occasionally stay over at a friends house.

What kind of help we need:
I need help with my security deposit and furniture, we have nothing but our clothes. I can’t afford my security deposit on my own because I have nothing saved for staying in hotels, i could only afford my rent, I would still need to survive for the rest of the month.

Where we’ve been staying most recently:
I’m living in a hotel with my spouse, we tried to stay somewhere reasonable so we can save money and keep shelter, but we are living check to check. We remained positive, waiting on someone to approve our application. We finally got approved for a nice place in a nice area.

Sincerely,
Deyona and Ricky

This brings our placements this year to 37 and our grand total since we started placing people in 2014 up to 723. Read more about our work at http://hb.offthestreetsnow.com/placements/

Willie and family, 6/30/19

Please join us in congratulating Willie and his family for ending their homeless situation. After we built a budget with Willie, he found a rental he could afford and we helped with the security deposit so they could move in. Read their story below:

Where we were living before we became homeless:
My Family and I resided in a Moreno Valley home four years in a family oriented neighborhood on a Cul-de-sac (four bedroom, 2 bath, home). Where we relocated from Hemet, California. The house had a large patio in the back with a pool and fruit trees. It was an older home, but it had character.

How we became homeless:
In the beginning of the New Year 2019 we were shocked suddenly. Our Landlord decided to re-claim his property and utilize it for a family member. To that end… We were forced to move out in 60 days, as well as raise money for moving expenses. Additionally, housing prices skyrocketed and the rents and deposits became unattainable. Our family consists of two Seniors and one adult. (Age range 43-83 yrs old)

How long we have been homeless:
We became homeless April 1, 2019. So about 3 months now. But we still couldn’t find a way to save for deposit, while utilizing all of our money for storage fees, dining out and rent, etc. where we are temporarily residing. We were overwhelmed at our age, and had very little help. We had to and hire people and Rent two trucks, pay for trash disposal, etc. As of June 25, we are currently still, homeless.

Where we have been staying:
We have only stayed in one place since becoming homeless. A friend of the family who has a young son in grade school, offered her two Bedroom 1 bathroom home temporarily to us. We are occupying her Son’s room and the living room area. Her son is staying temporarily in the room with his mom while we are here.

What kind of help we need:
We need assistance with the security deposit for a rental property. we are Seniors on a fixed income and just took the hit of moving expense. Additionally, With the inflation of high rents and large deposits, we are struggling with saving for deposit money, pay bills (storage), etc., rent, and survive.

Where we have been staying most recently:
We have been staying with a family friend, who is a community health care worker. She is renting a 2 bedroom one bathroom home in North Palm Springs, that she shares with her Son. We have been here temporarily, for approximately 3 months. Originally, we were supposed to be here 30 days.

Sincerely, Willie

This family brings our placements this year to 34 and our grand total up to 720 since we started OTS 5 years ago.

Louis and family, 6/29/19

Please join us in congratulating Louis and his family for getting into a home of their own. We first built a budget with Louis and when he was able to find a rental that fit this budget we were happy to help them with the security deposit so they could move in. Read their story below.

Where we were living before we became homeless:
apartment tucked away in a cul-de-sac. It was very spacious and we enjoyed our kitchen view at night while eating dinner overlooking busy Beach boulevard. There were several shopping centers nearby as well as a regional Park where are we took our grandchildren to feed the ducks.

How we became homeless:
We became homeless after taking our daughter Christi in with her three children as she was desperately trying to separate from her husband. Her husband could not accept Christy leaving him which caused him to resort to acting violently toward himself and my family. We dealt with this problem for 30 days after the first week he parked his car on our cul-de-sac sleeping in it every night, later are management served eviction papers.

How we became homeless:
We have been homeless since May 2017 until the present day today June 24th 2019. In September of 2018 until November 2018 we stayed with our daughter Christy as she was seeking security and protection from myself and her brothers my son’s. The rest of this time aside from the two months with Christy we have lived in a motel after motel after motel.

Where we have been staying:
Motel 6 in Buena Park is the first motel we stayed at after leaving our apartment in La Mirada. We could no longer stay there because it wasn’t spacious enough for 6 people then we stayed at Howard johnsons in Buena Park The Good nite inn the Best Host inn the knights inn Travelodge all located in Buena Park very spacious as well as the Fullerton inn in Fullerton. All very spacious and convenient

What kind of help we need:
I am seeking assistance for a security deposit because we are unable to save on our own due to having to pay a daily rate of $112, our other costs include food, fast food, car payment, insurance, gas money and our ever-mounting storage bill as well as other responsibilities which prevent us from saving on our own.

Where we have been staying most recently:
I am currently living in Buena Park at The colony inn we stay in a family suite with three queen mattress sets. Myself and my spouse Michelle, my twin sons James and Vincent, and my daughter Victoria and Gustavo are all here together and have been since the day we were forced to leave our apartment in La Mirada.

Sincerely, Louis

This family brings our placement this year to 31 people, and our grand total to 717 since we started OTS in 2014.

Angela and her daughter, 6/26/19

Please join us in congratulating Angel and her daughter for ending their homeless situation by getting into a place of their own. We built a budget with Angel and when she found a place that fit this budget we were happy to pay their security deposit so they could move in. Read their full story below:

Where we were living before we became homeless:
Me and my child are homeless living pillow to post or sleeping in my car, often times family allows my child to sleep at their home but there is no room for both of us, in that case I will feed, bath and put her to bed before I leave for the night, I usually try to park close to where my child is because, due to go and get her ready for school

How I became homeless:
February 13, 2019 I quit my second job due to being sexually harassed by my supervisor who received No repercussionsa, February 15th 2019 I was fired from my 1st job!! Which caused me and my child to become homeless!! I was living paycheck to paycheck and unable to save money

How long I’ve been homeless:
March 1st 2019, which was the following month after I was fired from both jobs I was unable to pay rent, so I was able to move in with my mother for a limited time which was 1mnth due to her home being over crowded, April 1st 2019 I had to leave my mothers home in which I began to sleep in my car

Where I’ve stayed:
Since I became homeless, I’ve stayed with multiple friends,I’ve also stayed in a few hotels,
I’ve stayed in I have stayed with my mother, and often times I have slept in my car an parked somewhere familiar or where I felt safe, those are all the places I’ve stayed during my current homelessness

What help I need:
I need assistance with my 1st month and my security deposit, due to me having to pay whom ever allows me and my child to sleep and bath at the home, also due to homelessness me an my child have too eat out which can be very costly, hygiene products gas for my vehicle and insurance…. I’m basically living paycheck to paycheck

Where I’ve been living most recently:
Me and my child are homeless living pillow to post or sleeping in my car, often times family
allows my child to sleep at their home but there is no room for both of us, in that case I will feed, bath and put her to bed before I leave for the night, I usually try to park close to where my child is because, due to go and get her ready for school