The Housing Stabilization program works with families who successfully move from the IHN Shelter program into housing may elect to continue working with The Road Home for up to a year. A case manager works with each family to develop and work toward goals, to address budgeting and credit repair issues, to maintain a positive relationship with the landlord and to seek additional skills and resources. Families accepted into The Road Home’s Housing Stabilization program also receive practical assistance such as transportation solutions to appointments, bus tickets, personal hygiene items and household goods.
In 2009 “Tabitha” became homeless with nowhere to go. She left Ohio and traveled back to Chicago, IL where she had lots of family that she thought would help her. Unfortunately, it did not work out that way. Tabitha was deeply worried about caring for her two year old son “Marcus” and providing stable housing for both of them. She had an Aunt in Madison who had been asking her to relocate her to give herself a fresh start, but she was worried about her support system. After much thought, she figured that she had nothing to lose and plenty more to gain. She got in touch with her Aunt and came to Madison, Wisconsin.
After two and a half months at The Salvation Army, Tabitha came to The Road Home’s IHN Shelter. She was at The Road Home’s shelter for less than a month before she and Marcus moved into their new apartment. Tabitha decided to participate in the Housing Stabilization Program so that she would continue to have the added support that The Road Home had given her.
Tabitha states that The Road Home has helped her out a lot with housing, job searching and now school. This spring Tabitha started training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and is now at the top of her class. This is a great accomplishment for her because she did not think that school was even possible at this time. Tabitha says that she sincerely thanks The Road Home for the great experiences that she’s had and that she’s glad to have The Road Home on her team.