Real Change Vendor Lisa Sawyer has been homeless for about five years. She stayed at Tent City 3, hotels, friends’ houses and outdoors.
Lisa once spent $7,000 over the course of four months to stay at a hotel. She and her boyfriend spent three years looking for housing.
Those days are behind her now, as Lisa has moved into an apartment in the Greenwood neighborhood through a DESC rapid rehousing program.
“I am so adoring my apartment,” Sawyer said. “It is so nice and warm.”
Sawyer was denied rental applications countless times. Their efforts were complicated when Sawyer’s boyfriend’s identity was stolen in 2012, and someone put a home loan under his name.
Sawyer finally was accepted into an apartment and moved in the night before Thanksgiving.
The rapid rehousing program helped with her move-in costs and a gift card to buy a bed. She is still trying to acquire more furniture.
“I haven’t slept since I got the word that we were accepted,” Sawyer said, a day after she received the news. “So, I’m happy.”