Tina's Story

Tina came to the Interim Housing Program at Sarah's Circle in March of 2016. She was unemployed and had been staying in an SRO when her money ran out, leaving her homeless...

Tina struggled in the program. Living with 49 other women in a large, shared space was difficult. Tina lives with a mental health condition; constant interaction with other people seemed to increase her paranoia. She began to get angry and upset, lashing out at the other residents and staff. She was hospitalized several times to help manage her mental health symptoms, and the periods away from the program extended her stay, causing frustration. Nevertheless, Tina returned to the program to try to get back on track.

Over a year after she entered the Interim Housing Program, Tina’s name was picked from a waiting list for a CHA voucher. Tina was thrilled, but she still had to find an apartment willing to rent to her with her credit history. The landlords she met with requested larger than usual deposits or several months of rent up front. A Sarah’s Circle case manager helped Tina apply for the Make It Home Fund, and she was able to get the funds necessary to pay $225-the cost of her portion of the first 3 months of rent. This small amount of money helped Tina move into an affordable apartment which she loves.

This is just one of the many stories that illustrates how the Make It Home Fund supports women moving from homelessness to housing.
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Ways to Help

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Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing life necessities, housing, case management, clinical and social services, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential.

Sarah's Circle

4838 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-728-1991

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