Darlene’s Story

Darlene[1] and her two children had been homeless, living in a shelter, for months before she came to an AREC housing service provider partner for Rapid Rehousing assistance. Relocating to Atlanta with the promise of a job, Darlene put her furniture in storage and moved in with her sister in Smyrna. A temporary stay turned into two months while Darlene waited for her job to begin, only to find out there was no longer a position for her. The stress of being unemployed and doubled-up finally led to Darlene and her children being asked to find another place to stay. Lacking a local support system, she turned to a shelter that referred her to our nonprofit partner.

Fortunately, at the time of her referral from the shelter, Darlene was employed with a monthly income of $1799. However, her experience with unemployment and homelessness had exhausted all of her savings leaving her unable to pay the move-in fees for a new apartment. Using Rapid Rehousing funding, our housing partner paid the utility deposit and first-month’s rent that allowed Darlene and her children to move from homelessness to an affordable, comfortable three-bedroom house. The assistance from the Rapid Rehousing program enabled Darlene to use her own money to get her furniture out of storage and into their house where she is making a home for her family.


[1] Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.

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