HOUSING FAMILIES An ‘unprecedented crisis’ Lawmakers asked to fund housing programs

Posted Mar. 14, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Updated at 7:16 AM

MALDEN
By Nathan Lamb
malden@wickedlocal.com

Single mother Elizandra Zoquier landed in a homeless shelter in June of 2012, just days before her second son was born. It was 18 months and nearly 100 housing applications later before her family could secure state assistance to rent an apartment.
Speaking through an advocate to lawmakers assembled at annual Housing Families, Inc. legislative breakfast on March 11, Zoquier urged legislators to support programs that help the homeless transition out of shelters.
“Living in the shelter was a terrible time for me,” said advocate Dilenia Matta, reading words written by Zoquier. “I hated it and my older son really hated it. He hated that he couldn’t bring friends over to play or to have sleepovers and it tore me apart to see how unhappy my son was.”

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