Terry and her three children were living in Arizona, where Terry was taking care of her ailing mother. Concerned about the high rates of crime in their urban neighborhood, Terry sent her children to live with relatives in Eugene. When her mother’s health stabilized, Terry followed her children to Eugene. However, they couldn’t stay indefinitely with relatives, and Terry didn’t know how she could afford her own place. Facing homelessness, she turned to Catholic Community Services for help.
With the help of the CCS transitional housing program, Terry and her kids were able to move into a two-bedroom rental. A few months later they were able to get into a low-cost three bedroom apartment, which Terry says is the nicest place they’ve ever lived. Terry’s income has increased and stabilized and she has reconnected with her church. She will shortly “graduate” from the CCS transitional housing program with her family happy and stable in a comfortable new home.