Jessica Johnson: All the Way Home

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Seven years ago Jessica Johnson would have never imagined her life as it is now.  At that time she was involved in a relationship that had started out wonderful, but had sadly turned into her worst nightmare.  After some time into the relationship her partner became verbally abusive, and then slowly began to threaten and eventually… Read more ›

The Williams Family: A Home of Their Own

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“I will never forget what Community HousingWorks has done for me and my family!” My experience with CHW was amazing.  I was working with many different agencies trying to buy a home all of whom couldn’t make it happen.  The San Diego Housing Commission referred me to Community Housing Works (CHW) where I met Cheryl… Read more ›

Diego Verdugo-Guzman: First-time Homebuyer

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A working dad with a family of 5, Diego was struggling to pay his rent until the San Diego Housing Commission informed about CHW’s Financial Fitness  and  Homebuyer Classes.  In Financial Fitness, Diego used the credit rebuilding letters to fix errors on his family’s credit report and during the Homebuyer class he learned about the different types… Read more ›

Alicia Ortiz: Believe in the Possibility

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  A United Way article by Sue Greenberg A dozen years ago, Alicia escaped an abusive husband and lived in a shelter with her four kids for four months. She took every financial literacy class she could, learned to drive, filed for divorce, got her immigration papers and proved she could support herself without public assistance. Alicia… Read more ›

Griselda Huerta: Achieving Her Dreams

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“One always aspires to have something of their own…to have their own home.” Griselda Huerta thought that her dream of homeownership was “out of her hands.” As a single mom struggling to make ends meet, it seemed impossible. Griselda Huerta thought that her dream of homeownership was “out of her hands.” As a single mom… Read more ›

Eddie: A Fresh Start

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SOLARA has given Eddie and his son, Jeoffrey, a fresh start in life. In 2000, Eddie lost his job, his home, and became the primary parent for his son. Since that time, Eddie has been working hard to rebuild his life. With the help of affordable rent at SOLARA, financial fitness courses, and a savings… Read more ›

Irma Bravo: Able to Keep Her Home

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 Irma’s story is symptomatic of today’s excesses in the mortgage industry. After buying her house in 2003 (and making payments on time), she discovered the adjustable mortgage she’d been saddled with was hiking her interest rate every six months. As rates boosted from 5.2% to 11.25%, Irma found herself unable to make timely payments and… Read more ›

Lupita Ramos: Whirlwind

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Describing Lupita Ramos as busy is a bit of an understatement. The 20-year old resident of San Diego’s Las Serenas Apartments seems to spend every waking moment working to improve her life or the lives of those around her. “For the past five years I’ve been volunteering at my community’s learning center – creating fliers, developing seasonal… Read more ›

Kalib: Dashing to Success as a Running Reader

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Just months ago, Kalib was struggling in school, starting to act up in class and reading at a below-basic level. His mother learned about the Running Readers program at their complex’s Learning Center and decided to sign Kalib up to participate.  She says, “The coordinator at the Learning Center recommended it and we really trusted… Read more ›