Philamena’s Journey to Independence

2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of Independence Place, SOME’s first long-term affordable housing program for families. Philamena, an Independence Place resident, shares her story.

I am a single mom with six children. I was four months from the end of my market rate lease when I lost my job. The company I was working for wanted me to commute from DC to Dumfries, VA. I had no car and no financial way to make it work. I was desperate.

A parent who had children in the same school as my children told me about SOME. Immediately, I made contact. I was invited to come in and complete the application paperwork for affordable housing. I did that and I found another job!

Two weeks before the end of my lease, and facing homelessness with six children, I received a call from SOME that I was accepted into their Independence Place. I will never forget the day!

I took my kids and we all went to look at the apartment. All I can say is that “wow” was the only word we kept saying.

I now have established credit, my children are doing well, I work in SOME’s Homebound Senior Program, and I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in social work.

I could never have imagined the life my children and I have today. I have complied with every aspect of the program and have been able to save money and we are now looking for our own home.

There is not a day that passes that I do not thank God for SOME. Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude is all I can say.

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