In 2013, Alena was homeless with her two young boys. She had made multiple applications to local landlords, but her past substance abuse problems and criminal history meant that every landlord turned her down.
After connecting with LLP, Alena saw a rental listing on Craigslist and sent an email to the landlord. "I was frustrated with searching and being rejected and thought the only way I can do this was just to lay it all out there. Here’s my challenges, but this is what I’ve done since — that I had gone to drug and alcohol treatment, I had gone back to school, and here’s the Landlord Liaison Project that’s willing to stand by me, and would you please give me a chance."
The impact on her life, and her family, has been enormous. Alena is deeply grateful to LLP and the landlord who took a chance on her. "Having a stable home changed everything. Now I’m in graduate school and my son’s going to go to college. We’re not stressed anymore, we’re happy, and that’s just been a huge thing for us."