Lucia’s childhood memories were filled with several houses, but few places to call home. Moving constantly from one house to the next, she remembers an endless disruption that she wished her own children would never have to experience. As a single mom, Lucia worked hard to create a different lifestyle for her family. But with a tough job market offering only part-time, seasonal work, the cost of rent for an apartment was far out of her reach. Lucia found herself and her two daughters in the exact predicament she wanted to avoid.
For a while, she rented a room in a house with other families. When she was no longer able to afford that option, Lucia scrambled to find housing with friends and family members, and lived in a family shelter for a few months. One day, Lucia saw a flyer about a new affordable housing community in San Jose called The Met. She decided to do whatever she could to get a home there.
Arriving two hours early to file an application for housing, Lucia was shocked to find a winding line of families and elderly people that went around the block and back. The sight was almost enough to make Lucia give up.
Lucia hadn’t realized that the selection for The Met would be through a lottery of qualified applicants at a later date. When she understood the process, she was determined to provide all the information needed so that she and her daughters would have a chance. Now it was time to wait.
When The Met office asked her to come in one day, Lucia thought it was a request for more financial data. Instead, she was met with, “Congratulations–would you like to pick out a unit?” Lucia burst into tears at the news of the blessing that she had hoped for.
Lucia now lives in a two-bedroom apartment with her daughters, Desiree, age 12, and Janei, age 4, who have their own room for the first time. It has been a long time, but now they have found stability.
Lucia and her daughters are one of 70 families who moved into The Met at the start of 2017. The Met was developed by Charities Housing, with a portion of construction financing provided by The Housing Trust. Key partners include Bank of America, the City of San José Housing Department, the County of Santa Clara, L&D Construction, and Studio E Architects.
To learn more please contact Consuelo Collard, Program Manager, Catholic Charities’ Supportive Housing Program, firstname.lastname@example.org.