In October, 2008, a mother of a premature 7-month old baby applied to the Homelessness Intervention Program. This woman was suffering several hardships at the same time. First, her baby had been born so prematurely, that it was determined it would need medical equipment and supervision well beyond its first year of life. As a result, she had to quit her job and devote herself full time to learning medical procedures she would have to carry out herself as well as how to manage the various medical machines that would be set up in her home when the baby was released from the hospital.
Not only did she have to quit her job to make sure her baby survived at home, but the hospital refused to release the baby until her living space was deemed appropriate for the baby's needs. Her apartment at the time was labelled unsafe by hospital personnel who stated that they would not allow nurses to visit the home after dark due to the state of the neighborhood. They also told the mother that her apartment was not adequate for the necessary medical equipment and other future needs for the child.
It took the mother 5 + months working with a very patient and understanding landlord to prepare her new apartment for habitation by her child and in a neighborhood that was deemed safe for nursing visits. Finally, in March, with N2N funds, CM paid $600 toward the security deposit on the new apartment. The baby is now safe at home with its family and the mother will be able to go back to work, at least part time. It was a very long journey with many stressors, but the mother was lucky to have supportive hospital staff and a sympathetic and helpful landlord, as well as financial assitance from Neighbor 2 Neighbor.