Lakiesha and her 2 year old son became homeless in 2009. Faced with a very limited income, they stayed at several homeless shelters and eventually began sleeping on the street in the Watts area of Los Angeles. For over two years, Lakiesha lived every mother's worst nightmare as she struggled to provide for her son and keep him safe without a home.
Shortly before the New Year, with help from the Watts Labor Community Action Committee
, the organization leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Watts, Lakiesha successfully applied for a permanent housing voucher and moved with her son into a permanent apartment. Since then, she has completed Life Skills, Parenting and Budgeting classes to help her avoid homelessness in the future, and last month, she found a job at a local emergency shelter for families. Today, Lakiesha is sharing her story and helping other mothers survive and escape homelessness. “I can relate to those in need," she says, "and now I can be a positive role model and success story for them.”
Congratulations and welcome home, Lakiesha!