EMO's Metro HomeShare
primarily serves the most vulnerable members of our community -- low income seniors on fixed incomes with little to no savings. Despite the current coronavirus pandemic and resulting stay in place orders, we have been able to find safe and appropriate housing options for our participants. Below is just one example.
"Paula" had moved to Portland in the Winter of 2019 to be closer to extended family. She moved in with her relatives in anticipation of quickly securing a place of her own. "Paula" quickly found that the affordable housing crisis in our region extended deeper than she had expected. In addition to the difficulty of finding an affordable unit that was also wheelchair accessible, her home situation was becoming untenable.
"Paula" was facing terrible choices: seek a bed at a local shelter, become homeless, or continue to live in an unsafe and unstable environment. She called around to local homeless shelters and was told there was a long wait for ADA accessible beds, but maybe Metro HomeShare could help.
"Paula" contacted Metro HomeShare shortly after the New Year and shared her situation with us. Like so many low-income seniors, she earned enough from retirement and social security to pay rent, but had no savings to pay for move-in costs like first and last month’s rent and a deposit. This made it nearly impossible for her to secure any traditional market rentals.
Metro HomeShare knew that it would be a challenge to make the puzzle pieces fit, but with the dedication of our client coordinators and the compassion of one Home Provider, MHS began to see hope for "Paula."
Subscribe to Metro HomeShare’s community enewsletter (link below) to read more about "P’s" success in the program.