The week before Thanksgiving, New Hampshire Legal Assistance received a call from Stacey, the homeless mom of five very young children. Stacey, her husband, and the children had recently stayed overnight in their van in a city on New Hampshire’s Seacoast. The family had been trying to make ends meet with the dad’s federal disability benefits, but a series of obstacles – family illnesses and deaths, expensive car repairs – knocked their budget out of its delicate balance.
The city welfare office denied the family’s application for the housing assistance they needed while they looked for a new apartment. So between calls to realtors and property managers, Stacey called New Hampshire Legal Assistance.
NHLA helped Stacey request a hearing appealing the city’s decision to deny help. When NHLA intervened, the city reversed its decision. Thanks to NHLA, the family lived safely in a motel until they could find a new apartment.
They are moving into that new apartment today.