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Success of rapid re-housing touted

5/16/2013, 10:48 a.m.

— On Feb. 1, 2013, Tamika and her 10-year-old son found a place to call home.

Stable housing had been out of reach for the family since August 2011. After contacting the Housing Resource Center in Petersburg, operated by the Villa's Flagler Housing & Homeless Services, Tamika was placed in an apartment the very next day.

"I'm so blessed that this was available," she said.

Flagler staff supported Tamika throughout her re-housing process, from working with the landlord to make repairs to helping her procure household items from the Villa's Donation Center and provding financial assistance with initial leasing expenses.

Now that Tamika has a permanent home, she is able to continue her education and pursue an Associates Degree. She and her son also started the tradition of "game night" on Saturdays.

"I got more help than I could have imagined," said Tamika. "All the good stands out more than the bad, and it gives me hope."

To date, 97% of Richmond families and 92% of Petersburg families - once homeless - have remained in their homes since being rapidly re-housed by Flagler Housing & Homeless Services.