April 23 at 3:40pm

Housing 1000 in Action: Grayson, Jhuan, and Alex

Grayson, Jhuan and and their four year-old son Alex moved to San Diego after hearing about the benefits and programs available to veterans through the VA.  While they had always made enough to support their family and live comfortably back in Arkansas, the family was shocked by the high cost of living in Southern California.

“Back at home, when you’re finding a place to live all you needed was the deposit and first month’s rent,” said Grayson.  “But we came here and in order to move in somewhere, we needed two-to-three times the rent in income.  We couldn’t even apply anywhere, we just didn’t have the money.”

With nowhere to go, the family moved into a hotel for the next month, completely exhausting their savings.  It was then that Jhaun, while researching organizations and resources available to veterans and their families, found Interfaith online.

“I called on a Friday, they asked if we could make it through the weekend, and then brought us in for an appointment the very next Monday,” Jhaun said.  “After that, Interfaith gave us motel vouchers, inspected each of the rooms before we moved in and made sure we had enough room for the three of us.  They worked so hard and eventually found us a home.”

Today, the family is happily settling in to their own apartment in Fallbrook; they also received help setting up CalFresh benefits, filling out SSI forms, were provided with information on local food pantries, and were given items to furnish their new apartment, thanks to supporters of Interfaith’s Make it a Home program.  An Army veteran of eleven years, Grayson is currently enrolled in a certificate program for digital film and media, and is even in the process of getting a canine companion dog to help with his PTSD.

“Everything we’ve ever needed, even the small stuff, they’ve helped with all of it,” said Grayson.  “We never knew a place like Interfaith even existed.”

Grayson, Jhuan, and Alex’s journey is just one example of how the Housing 1000 program changes lives. To learn about how you can get involved and contribute to the campaign today, please contact Robert Adams, Chief Development Officer, at radams@interfaithservices.org or by calling (760) 489-6380 ext. 206.