Greensboro Coalition Helps Individuals Transition from Homeless to Homeowners
Picture a 12x12-foot room with a small bathroom on one side – like a small hotel room. The room is full of bed bugs, roaches, leaky fixtures, has no ventilation and is growing mold. Now imagine that you live in that room with your elderly mother who you share a twin sized bed with, and you pay 75 percent of your monthly income to your landlord, who only comes around on payday. You didn’t choose to live here; you were escaping an abusive relationship and landed in Greensboro with very little resources, so you made the decision to live here with your mother, rather than outside under a bridge.
This story is a true portrayal of a mother and daughter who came to Greensboro Housing Coalition (GHC) in the summer of 2016. The GHC aims to empower people with low and moderate incomes or those with special needs to live in safe, fair, and affordable housing. Now, with the help of GHC, this same mother and daughter are living in an apartment, where they can afford to meet their own basic needs.
Did You Know?
Half of the renters in Greensboro pay more than the recommended 30 percent of their income toward housing costs.