A House is Bricks and Beams. A Home is Hopes and Dreams - Patricia's Story

May your troubles be less and your blessing be more.
And nothing but happiness, come through your door. 

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Irish blessing for a new home. 

 

The rain was coming down in sheets and all Patricia wanted was to get home.

But there was no home. There hasn’t been for some time. And all Patricia could do was move as fast as she could and seek shelter.

At Celtic Apartments, Patricia found more than just shelter. Not only did she find a place to call home, Patricia also found a friend. 

The supportive housing complex in Lake Worth has eight, two-bedroom units catering to residents who need both housing and mental health support. Residents pay 30% of their monthly income for rent every month and typically split all utilities except water and trash, which are covered by the complex.

That 30% rate is an intentionally chosen number.

Research shows that 41 million U.S. households pay 30% or more of their pre-tax income on housing, thereby making them more susceptible to negative health outcomes. For example, an analysis of 2012 household expenditures found that low-income households that spent more than half their income on housing costs spent less on food and health care compared to similar households spending 30% or less of their income on housing (source). 

In short, people are eschewing food and healthcare just to pay the rent and mortgage each month.

When Patricia first arrived at Celtic Apartments, she didn’t really know anyone but Supportive Housing Coordinator Shanya paired her up with resident Mel and the two quickly became close. 

They’re decorating the apartment together, spending time getting to know one another and thanks to a generous donation of a television, the ladies like getting together at the end of the day and unwinding by watching their favorite shows.  

According to a piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Kelly M. Doran, “Placing people who are homeless in supportive housing – affordable housing paired with supportive services such as on-site case management and referrals to community-based services – can lead to improved health, reduced hospital use, and decreased health care costs, especially when frequent users of health services are targeted.”

This is especially evident in the case of the Celtic Apartments roommates. Patricia is currently working at the Outlet Mall in Palm Beach Lakes and saving money for a car and Mel is focused on improving her health – eating right, going to the gym and working past her social anxieties. 

By holistically blending housing, community and therapy services, Community Partners is working with clients to tackle the issues of emotional, social and financial adversity. In doing so, we are Changing The Odds for the clients today and hopefully, for a generation of Palm Beach County residents in the years to come.