Stories: Dee's Story: On a Budget

Dee runs errands on the day she receives her monthly benefits. For most Housing First consumers, including Dee, social security or disability benefits comprise their sole income. In Washington, DC, under the Housing First model, the city collects up to 30 percent of all income for rent, leaving an even tighter budget to cover monthly expenditures such as groceries, travel, and phone bills.
On a Budget

Curry runs errands on the day she receives her monthly benefits. For most Housing First consumers like Curry, social security or disability benefits comprise their sole income. In Washington, D.C., under the Housing First model, the city collects up to 30 percent of all income for rent, leaving an even tighter budget to cover monthly expenditures such as groceries, travel, and phone bills. Curry meets monthly with members of her ACT team to review her expenditures and ensure that she stays within budget.