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Finding apartment in midst of affordable housing crisis is not easy

It takes a lot of dedication not only from Dégagé staff, but also from those we serve.
Jennie, the Women’s Patron Advocate and Roxanne with keys to her new apartment

Jennie, the Women’s Patron Advocate and Roxanne with keys to her new apartment /Courtesy of Dégagé Ministries

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“Now I have a place to call home.”

Finding an apartment in the midst of an affordable housing crisis is not easy. It takes a lot of dedication not only from Dégagé staff, but also from those we serve. It involves pursuing every lead and never giving up.

Roxanne, quoted above, started her journey in the Open Door Women’s Center nearly a year ago, where she said she experienced a positive and warm environment. She slept and ate here, worked diligently with the Patron Advocate to secure housing, and received assistance in obtaining her birth certificate and State of Michigan ID. Without this legal identification, Roxanne was unable to secure housing, apply for a job, cash a check, receive a Social Security card, or open a bank account.

After working hard with our staff to secure housing, Roxanne can finally say, “Now I have a place to call home.”

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