Soon after he enrolled at Roxbury Community College (RCC), Garland was notified that he had to leave his apartment building, along with all of the other residents, because the new owner was planning to do major renovations. He searched for a new home but was unsuccessful, and his housing voucher was set to expire. After experiencing homelessness earlier in his life, that was not a prospect he wanted to face.
Garland saw a flyer at RCC about Metro Housing’s colocation program and set up an appointment to meet with a representative on campus. Metro Housing obtained an extension on Garland’s voucher and assisted with the search for a new apartment.
Garland participated in Metro Housing’s Green Space financial coaching program, raising his credit score which ultimately lead to him to finding an apartment. Garland was also eligible for RAFT assistance, helping him with his first and last month’s rent, furniture, and moving costs.
“To see where I am today because of Metro Housing is hard for me to fathom,” said Garland. “I kept my faith in God and I will forever show my gratitude to everyone who helped me by being the best I can be.”