MESA, Ariz. (KSAZ)
A Gilbert nonprofit called House of Refuge helps families get off the streets and into permanent homes. It's a great idea, but a recent cut in federal funding may force the program to shut its doors.
Christine Nordet and her son Marz are hosting neighbors for pool time. They rent a home at Williams Gateway Airport owned by House of Refuge.
"They gave me that key, and we came to the house and I was so happy, I was able to be a mother, and to nest, and you know decorate and cook for my son," said Christine Nordet.
Christine's says having her own home furnished with community donations gives her a sense of peace. House of Refuge Exec Director Nancy Marion says many clients are single moms with kids fleeing domestic violence.
"The average family will be earning less than $1,500 a month when they come to us, so you can see in order to be able to go back out into permanent housing they're going to need some help with financial literacy and with actually finding employment," said Nancy Marion.
House of Refuge helps residents with both, and now its services and 88 homes at at risk. HUD is the main funding source and the money they got went from $860,000 to $0 for 2016.
"We might have to ask them to move quick than their is housing able to absorb them," said Marion.
"If we were told that we needed to move out within months I do not know what I would do I would literally be homeless in a shelter again," said Nordet.
The nonprofit is asking residents to write their representatives to support funding for the program.