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Shoreline Housing Stories (cello bass)

2014 Housing for All Forum
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PIO City of Shoreline

on 21 March 2014

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Transcript of Shoreline Housing Stories (cello bass)

A veteran.
Formerly homeless.
Working hard to stay clean and sober.
Everyone in Shoreline should have the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home.
Living with and caring for her mother full-time, Briita will soon be homeless when her mother's house is sold to pay for her mother's ongoing care. In job training, Briita's only possibility for short-term housing is a women's shelter.
Looking for work and housing.
Her two oldest children have been able to continue in their old school. It is one of the few stable things in their lives.
Vision 2029: Shoreline is a City that offers a wide diversity of housing types and choices, meeting the needs of everyone from newcomers to long-term residents.
Shoreline Housing Stories
These are your neighbors.
Stand in their shoes; see what they see...
Living in temporary housing, hoping for something more permanent.
Wants to live independently in permanent housing, but the income from his VA pension limits his choices.
Lost her job. Separated from her husband. Raising her three kids. Lived with family and friends for 18 months until a vacancy in a temporary family shelter opened up.
Training for a new job and facing homelessness at middle age.
Former nurse now living in Tent City.
Polly lost her job while trying to help her son deal with addiction issues. Without a job, she lost her home.
"Losing my home is the biggest challenge I have been through so far."
"You think you are on a permanent track in your life. You think you have control. Then some life event happens, maybe cancer or a death in the family,and you go from a decent job and having everything you need to having nothing."
Former landlord now searching for a place of her own.
Single mother with 6-year old twins, one with special needs.
Domestic violence survivor seeking employment, Beaudion must leave her Shoreline home; having trouble finding affordable housing here.
"It would be much better if I could live closer to work and use public transportation more; this is my goal in moving to Shoreline."
Works full-time as a social worker in Shoreline, but can't afford to live here.
Working a full-time and a part-time job, Lisa finds it a challenge meeting her monthly expenses.
"It would be great to have more affordable options."
"Public housing has provided me a safe and secure place to live...To be able to live in a place like this is a blessing."
On wait list for public housing for 2 years.
"Public housing has provided us a new starting point; it is good to have a roof over our head."
"Housing had been my life's challenge. Getting into stable housing has changed my life immensely."
Both work full-time and share childcare duties. Can't afford to stay in Shoreline.
They pay almost 50% of their income for housing.
Sharon is an activist having served on numerous state, county, and City of Shoreline committees and advisory groups.
Housing provides more than a roof over your head,
it provides hope.
Former small business owner with college degree.
Husband's terminal cancer depleted all of their savings.
Self-employed dog trainer and boarder. Had to move out of home and sell business due to wife's health issues. Placed on a wait list for public housing as savings depleted.
A failed back surgery left her barely able to walk and shut off from others.
She has found community through living in public housing.
She works days and he works nights so they can share child care duties.
Qamaria and Ziyad pay more than 30% of their income in rent. If anything happens to either of them or their jobs, their ability to pay for shelter will become threatened.
"Families should be able to earn enough money from working to afford food, clothing, and housing."
Their solution is to move to Bloomington, Indiana where housing is cheaper and Linnea has family.
Having grown up in institutionalized care, she now lives with her husband and cat Socks in supported housing.
Supported housing is the platform that makes possible her outreach to others.
Approximately 200 students in the Shoreline School District are homeless.
Thank you for sharing your stories
Chantel
James
Briita
Polly
Deborah
Beaudion
Qamaria & Ziyad
Rachel
Lisa
Floyden & Linnea
Kay
Mark
Sharon
Carla
Thank you also to our photographers

Joel and Hitomi Dames
of
Joel Dames Photography
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