One Important Step Towards Ending Homelessness
Living in a homeless shelter is never anyone’s first choice. But if there is some good to come out of the experience, it could be the services offered that strengthen a resident’s knowledge and skills, preparing them for living independently once again. Financial setbacks and a lack of basic understanding about budgeting and saving, frequently play a role on the path into homelessness so it makes sense that achieving financial security is an important tool on the path out of homelessness. The women of Susan’s Place are on that exciting path.
On February 8, Ely Nunez a financial counselor at Ariva, visited Susan’s Place and held one-on-one financial counseling sessions with the residents. She works with the women so that they may reach their ultimate goal of moving out of the shelter. Ely says that some of her clients have applied for housing, but were rejected by multiple housing entities because of their credit score. When Ely works with them, the first step she takes is checking a client’s credit. If a client’s credit is bad, she helps them send dispute letters, setup payment plans, and more, to improve it. Ely says so far, she has helped three residents improve their credit score, which lead to housing applications getting approved.
Sylvia is one resident who recently received assistance from Ely and is very happy with the help she received. “I am a victim of identity theft, there were a lot of things that were in my name – a house in Florida, an apartment upstate, and phone bills. I had to clear my name,” Sylvia said. Ely helped Sylvia clear all the discrepancies with her credit, and with opening a bank account. “Now my credit is beautiful,” Sylvia said. And we are thrilled that Sylvia recently ended her homelessness after reconnecting with her son and moving in with him. Now that she has stabilized her credit, Sylvia hopes to save enough money so that she can buy her own home one day.
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