Today for #FeelGoodFriday, we continue our series on What Affordable Housing Provides. Meet Erin.
To Erin, “home” has always been synonymous with Palo Alto. She spent her early teens here and graduated from the local high school. Her roots in Palo Alto run deep -- her last memories of her late father and her childhood are intertwined with this city. That’s why, when she was told she needed to move out of the area after 30 years of living here, she was heartbroken. As a single mom, she wanted to raise her boys in a “beautiful area with a heart and soul,” amongst creative and hardworking people. The thought of leaving her home was inconceivable.
In an attempt to continue living in the area, Erin spent most of her savings trying to find housing. However, every home she and her family settled into rapidly became too expensive. Erin likens bouncing around houses to a salt shaker, wherein you had to shake up all your belongings into boxes year after year, and were unable to progress in life without the stability of a home. “Moving constantly doesn’t give you the opportunity to build your life,” recounts Erin. “You can’t follow a dream when you have your head in a box all the time.”
Affordable housing has given Erin the sense that somebody has her back. “Feeling a community standing behind you makes you want to give back to that community, because goodwill has come to you,” says Erin. It takes a village to raise two boys, and Erin feels as though she’s found hers. She praises the social connectivity and love she feels from her community, as well as the inclusive and diverse model affordable housing promotes. She describes BMR housing as, “a sustainable, inclusive model” that “lessens pollution and time wasted from commutes.”
“To have Palo Alto Housing enable you to stay in a place you love, where your heart sings, and you don’t have to bleed all the money you save for rent...it’s a wonderful gift you can’t put into words,” Erin beams. Finding a strong community and a sense of belonging is truly priceless. ... See MoreSee Less
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