“After the move, I was overwhelmed and got behind fast” is what Alisia told one of HOPE’s case managers when she first came to us for help. Alisia, a single mom, had recently moved across Central Florida to provide a better life for her daughter but had fallen on tough times. Alisia lived in Lake County through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8 Housing, which is a federal government program for assisting low-income families, the disabled, and the elderly with affordable housing and rent support through vouchers. However, after moving into another Section 8 supported residence in Seminole County, Alisia was unable to receive her first month’s voucher because unbeknownst to her, Section 8 was still paying on her old home in Lake County. As a result, she faced an unexpectedly large bill for her first month in Seminole County and faced eviction from her new apartment since her landlord wouldn’t qualify her for Section 8 due to the payment issue. While her daughter helped them make ends meet by becoming a professional dog sitter, they struggled and still faced losing their home. Additionally, their car was in desperate need of repairs. Then, Alisia found HOPE. Our Resource Center quickly got to work and placed her on a case plan. First, they helped her get her past rent taken care of which got her caught up with her bills and allowed her to remain in her home and qualify for Section 8 in Seminole County. Then, they provided her with food pantry services to alleviate extra standard of living costs. When it came to her car’s challenges, HOPE referred her to a local auto shop partner that fixed her car at a discount. Last but certainly not least, Alisia took financial counseling courses with us and credit counseling courses, the latter of which is now being offered at HOPE as part of our 2023 initiative to enhance the “E” for “Education” in HOPE’s name and in its mission. Currently, Alisia is caught up with her rent and has much stronger personal finances and has been able to remain in her home. She told us recently that she’s been able to save money for the first time in a long time and she can sleep easier at night seeing the path forward to self-sufficiency. We’ve been blessed to serve Alisia and her daughter and are glad to see her thriving.
Felicia came to HOPE asking for assistance. She was in crisis because she lost her apartment due to hurricane Ian. She shared that her landlord sold the property she was residing in. As a result, she was residing in a hotel and eventually did not have any funds for the hotel and ended up living out of her […]
Sometimes a little stability and consistency go a long way. DeAndre had a great job in insurance sales for a large law firm. However, his job, which depended on visits to client homes, suffered when the pandemic hit, causing his company to lay him off. Then things began to spiral. DeAndre lost his car and […]
When times are tough even the smallest obstacles can turn into serious challenges. Hollie and her extended family have been clients of HOPE throughout difficult seasons of their lives. Hollie in particular lives on a fixed income and raises three grandkids. As such, she and the children have benefited tremendously from HOPE’s annual Christmas in […]
I was frozen, I didn’t want to speak to management.” -Maria (HOPE Client) Maria arrived at HOPE after a three-hour bus ride via Lynx from Altamonte Springs to Oviedo. She was between jobs and car trouble left her with no reliable transportation. She heard about HOPE through 211 – United Way of Central Florida’s telephone human services directory, […]
Last year Kendra lost her job and she couldn’t pay her rent. Fears of eviction mounted as her due date approached. Meanwhile her job search remained at a standstill. Then, Kendra learned about calling “211” which is a telephone human services directory run by United Way of Central Florida. She was then referred to HOPE […]
During New Year’s individuals and families re-evaluate, reset and recharge. Many set goals and “resolutions” for the coming year, while others bask in the freedom of an empty calendar brimming with possibilities. 2022 was a difficult year with record high housing prices, steep inflation, and constant stock market churn. Often, the only thing that was […]