Krisi and Charles lived in the Bay Area, where they both had full-time jobs. The couple moved down to the Los Angeles area for Charles’s job, where he was soon diagnosed with a rare muscle disorder and no longer able to work. They began to live on Krisi’s income alone, but could no longer afford rent. Krisi and Charles moved from motel to motel for almost three years. During this time, their beautiful girl Kiana was born.
In May 2011, they met an Illumination Foundation motel outreach worker, and they were immediately connected to services through the Motel Families Outreach and later the Interim Housing Program. Through these programs, the family benefited from a number of services, including vision referrals and free health screenings for the baby. With the help of a monthly rent subsidy, the family finally had some breathing room and was able to save money. In the beginning of September, the family qualified for a transitional program, living in their own apartment. They graduated from IF and are happy to have their own place again.