Brendan O'Connell
February 23, 2024

Resilience and Hope

Kris and her child were homeless for over five years in Santa Barbara County. Struggling with her mental health and living on a fixed income, finding housing seemed impossible.

They were referred to Partners in Housing Solutions and at that time, Kris had a hard time communicating. Her child, now in high school was having trouble coping with the stress of being unhoused.

Kris was ready to do whatever she could to secure a home for herself and her child. With patience and care, their PHS worker built a relationship with Kris that allowed her to open up. Together they came up with a plan to help her push beyond the barriers. Soon after, she found a rental and applied. At the interview, she was asked about her lack of rental history and she shared her story with the manager. She also let them know that she was working with PHS and was receiving housing support.

The manager was moved by Kris’ story and related. She too was homeless growing up and understood the challenges they faced with limited income and no rental history. After learning more about the housing support, management approved Kris and she was able to move in within days.

Now Kris works part time and is able to provide a safe environment for her child and she could not be happier.

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