StoryRichard approached the NRCA Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program in Christiansburg in October of last year. He was living in his car after his recent release from prison and had no family or friends in the area to help him with a place to stay. The MCEAP worker scheduled Richard for an intake interview with the Homeless and Housing Program’s Rapid Rehousing Counselor. He was accepted into the Rapid Rehousing program where the Counselor assisted him in identifying places to live. Richard was working three part-time jobs; however, his poor credit history and criminal background prevented him from finding housing. Richard and the Rapid Rehousing Counselor had difficulty finding agreeable landlords but were eventually able to find housing at an apartment complex in Montgomery County. Richard signed a lease and moved into his apartment at the beginning of November. He continued to work three jobs throughout his participation in our program, stating his goal was to become self- sufficient after MCEAP and HHP assistance. The Rapid Rehousing program assisted him with his application fee, security deposit, and November – January rent payments. He has maintained steady employment throughout his partnership with NRCA and consistently volunteers for local churches and the NRCA To Our House homeless shelter. He has attended the Renter Education Workshop and budgeting classes so that he can learn more about his rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
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