Bridges to Housing

Housing for the homeless, one family at a time

Success stories

Mary, mother of seven, was homeless for a year and a half, living with a cousin until she could accumulate enough money to get her own place. On her own, she located a house in Yuba City, was able to pay the rent and part of the deposit. However, she lacked $200 to complete the deposit.

She came to Bridges to Housing  for assistance in July, 2010 and we were able to help her cover the $200 balance. She expressed her gratitude in a letter to our organization for making it possible for her family to have a place they could call home.

Mary works as a caregiver in her home. The children now have a puppy.

In July 2011 Nick received $350 from Bridges as a loan to purchase a small trailer house. He parked on a street in Yuba City behind a church until the summer of 2012 when he moved to a trailer park to have a better atmosphere for his sons, Johnathan (6 years) and Nathan (5 years). Nick suffers from medical problems but is determined to take care of his boys. Because the trailer is so small they come to Hands of Hope for laundry and showers.

Maria came to Bridges because she had been unable to find affordable housing for herself and her five children. She receives AFDC benefits, supplementing her income of $788 by making and selling tamales. Maria has struggled to keep her family together. Despite her limited income, she continues to keep her family from becoming homeless.

Gail is a senior who is dependent on a very small income from SSD and SSI. She has problems with her spine which makes walking difficult; because of this health issue she required housing that was easily accessible.  She had been living with friends for several years when she came to Bridges.

After much waiting, she finally qualified for the Section 8 Housing program. However, her attempts to find affordable housing that accepted her Section 8 voucher were not successful.  Out of frustration she came to Bridges to Housing for assistance. The Bridges Volunteer was able to locate housing in an apartment complex which had a downstairs unit available. Bridges was also able to assist her with half of the $475 rental deposit.

Her passion is reading and she spends much of her time at the library. She is content, finally having a place she can call home.

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