Lakiya is a resident at Pine Street’s newly opened Kuehn House in Dorchester. At 25 years old, she had been homeless for almost seven years, moving out of her mother’s home at age 18 because of a difficult relationship.
Couch-surfing with friends and relatives over the years, Lakiya lived out of a suitcase. She managed to complete a program in computer science but had a hard time applying for jobs because she did not have a stable place to live.
She made the decision to stay at a shelter and was placed on a long waiting list for housing. Then she was able to apply for jobs and now works two retail positions.
When she got a call from Pine Street that an apartment was available, she had a hard time believing it!
“I didn’t believe it was really mine until I looked at the mailbox and saw my name there. Now I can come and go as I please, go to work, stay in if I want – all the simple things I couldn’t do before when I was homeless,” says Lakiya.
“For the first time in so many years – I have a life! The staff here is great and I’ve gotten to know some of my neighbors. This place was all furnished down to pots and pans and toothpaste so I have everything I need. I’m happier than I’ve been in a long, long time.”