Nina was a single mother with one son, and both had a chronic illness that significantly impacted their health. She had struggled in the past to establish a life for her family because of the unpredictable nature of their health. All New Ground families and Veterans require a unique approach and plan of action, but this was considerably greater for Nina. She needed supports put in place to ensure her family’s future despite the ongoing need for unexpected lengthy breaks from employment.
“I really wasn’t sure I could do it, because of my health and how it had taken me down before. But I really wanted this for me and my son.”
New Ground helped Nina to secure part time employment that was flexible, willing to adjust her schedule when she or her son suddenly required hospitalization or recovery time at home. Nina did significant work with her Social Worker on budgeting, creating a savings, and developing strategies to adjust her spending if her household income suddenly decreased for weeks at a time. New Ground assisted her with applying and obtaining certain benefits her family was eligible for because of their chronic illness. This included a housing choice voucher, allowing Nina to attain a market rent apartment while she paid an affordable portion of the rent based on her household income.
“I know why I couldn’t make it happen before but now it worked. Because of everyone at New Ground that made it possible, and helped me along the way.”
After just under four years, Nina and her son successfully graduated into permanent housing. An apartment was found in the same neighborhood where their program apartment was located, ensuring Nina’s continued easy commute to work and her son’s continuation in the school district he had only recently entered.
“Thank you all for helping us! Thank you for making my dreams a reality for me and my son.”