House-ability is a collaborative program with the YWCA – Madison and The Salvation Army that provides permanent rental subsidies and case management services for 23 homeless families that have a parent with a disability.

A House-ability Story

“Lisa” and her children became homeless in 2002, when she turned twenty one and was no longer eligible for foster care services.  Back then, her children “Cari” was four years old and “Jerrel” was one year old. For the next three years, Lisa and her children were homeless and stayed off and on with family.  When she was able to earn enough money to get her first apartment, she discovered it was infested with rats. Unfortunately, she could no longer stay there because she was worried about her children’s health. Lisa and her young children found themselves homeless, once again, and sought help at a Madison area family shelter. They were there for several months. 

While in shelter, Lisa felt she needed to make a change in her life, so she contacted a friend for help. Her friend put her in touch with the coordinator of the Second Chance Apartment Project, a partnership program between The Road Home and the YWCA, and, after several interviews, Lisa’s family was accepted. 

For two years, Lisa and her family worked with their case manager, their mentors and Door Creek Church of Madison, Wisconsin, to achieve many of their goals including obtaining income and counseling services.  And, the family welcomed their newest addition, “Cara”. After two years in the Second Chance Apartment Project, Lisa was referred to one of our new programs, House-ability. 

Since beginning the program, Lisa has been able to find her own apartment and has been successfully working with her case manager to secure transportation, provide her three children with summer camp opportunities and working towards her GED.  The kids are doing really well and are very happy to have stable, secure housing. Lisa has expressed that she feels very blessed and she would like to thank everyone involved with The Road Home for being there for her and her family!