A Young Mother on Her Way

Shoyron and her three year old daughter became homeless after she lost her job. She came to Oakland from Sacramento because her mother lived here. After couch surfing and trying to find a fit with roommates, her mom advised her to seek services at Crossroads. Her mother was a former resident at Crossroads and now lives independently. Her housing arrangement does not, however, allow her daughter or granddaughter to live with her.

Shoyron came to Crossroads on March 14, 2011 took full advantage of every aspect of the services provided at Crossroads, including weekly life skills and parenting groups. She was diligent at meeting with her case manager every week and as a result, she received a consistent stream of support, which helped her stay on track. One referral to Alameda County Family Options Study, a program funded by HUD to explore which housing option work best for homeless families, was most valuable for Shoyron and her daughter. Through her participation in the research program, she was randomly selected and approved for a 2 bedroom Section 8 voucher with the Alameda County Housing Authority.

Presently, Shoyron is awaiting an inspection on her Hayward Housing Authority Section 8 apartment. She is expected to move in two weeks. In the short time she has been at Crossroads, she has saved over $700 for move-in expenses. Shoyron comments about her experience at Crossroads: “At the end of the day EOCP has taught me that I am not my circumstances, that I can succeed and live a prosperous life.”