FORMER TENANT TAKES NEXT STEP IN ST. JOHN'S

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“...Everyone deserves a good house. People like me - we’re just regular people who need a little bit of help. My St. John’s rental unit enabled me to do things I would not have been able to do if I had been renting anywhere else.”

— FORMER TENANT, ST. JOHN'S NON PROFIT HOUSING

Non Profit Housing, City of St. John’s

Funding for community housing has made it possible for families to live and thrive and not just survive. Collaboration from various levels of government has built safe, suitable, and affordable housing throughout our community including the City of St. John’s Non Profit Housing ‘Rent Geared to Income (RGI)’ units. One of our former RGI tenants has recently moved on to purchase their own home. The following is her story.

From our former tenant:

“Ten years ago, my husband and I split up and my child and I found ourselves alone and looking to rent. I have a good job, but it was a hard situation. I found a place that was less than desirable and the rent was so high. Because of my child’s special needs, most of my energy and focus – and money – went there. I don’t know if people can really appreciate how stressful it is not to be able to make ends meet, to have a good place to live, when you’re raising a child on your own.

So, I applied for St. John’s housing. Luckily, I got a place fairly quickly and I was absolutely thrilled. It was in a great location, cozy, clean and safe, and whenever something needed to be done it was so nice to be able to have someone to call who would come quickly and address it.

There were so many other things that I was dealing with, not having to worry about that really gave me peace of mind.

I think everyone deserves a good house. People like me - we’re just regular people who need a little bit of help. My St. John’s rental unit enabled me to do things I would not have been able to do if I had been renting anywhere else. I could buy things for my child. I had enough money for food – good quality food which my child needed. I had enough money to pay my bills. There are a lot of additional costs associated with having a special needs child. Not having that part to worry about was monumental in us having a good quality of life.

I met someone recently, and we’re engaged, and together we have our own place now which is why I left my rental unit. It was meant to be after all these years. But if that option wasn’t there for me, ten years ago, I don’t think I’d be where I am today. It saved my life, for sure”

Thomas Veitch