An answer to a prayer

Ms. Jamiesha Tillman was a survivor of domestic violence, which caused her to leave her housing unit prematurely, along with her four children. They stayed with family and friends as long as they could, then resorted to staying in Ms. Tillman’s car and in shelters. Finally, she connected with St. Joseph Center where she received a Section 8 Voucher. Even with the voucher, Ms. Tillman still faced challenges in finding a safe home for her family, a landlord willing to accept vouchers and in coming up with the security deposit.

The Homeless Incentive Program (HIP) and the Housing Advisory Unit Staff helped her locate units that matched her criteria and convinced the property owner to accept the Section 8 voucher by providing a holding fee. HIP also paid the security deposit, enabling Ms. Tillman to lease the unit in February and have a place to call home.

“I’m blessed to have been connected with this program that helped me secure a place for my children and me. Getting connected with HIP was the best thing that could have happened to me and my family.”