Sponsor the 17th Annual Save Our Homes Walk
Our goal for the 17th Annual Save Our Homes Walk is to raise $40,000
- Support! We are asking that you consider sponsoring Save Our Homes. All of the details are outlined on the sponsor form here
- Walk! The Save Our Homes Walk is scheduled for Sunday June 14th, the Walk is now VIRTUAL!
- Organize! Introduce Save Our Homes to your business, political organization, social group, or faith-based community. Click here for more details
Save Our Homes: How it works
Joe Cafe, a veteran of the first Iraq war, had been living in a half-way house in Somerville for over a year and working full-time as a security guard in Boston, making $8.50 an hour. The staff of the house noticed his responsibility had asked him to mentor newcomers and take on other responsibilities at the house. It was a good place for him, but he didn’t really need the support of the house and they needed to make room for new people. Plus, from his perspective, he missed having his own apartment and being able to have a dog.
Fortunately, he received a Section 8 housing subsidy that would allow him to pay a third of his gross income in rent. He had been saving up money to move and had enough for first and lasts months’ rent and a moving truck, but didn’t have enough to pay the security deposit. When he came to SCC he was excited about the apartment he had found but was disappointed that he couldn’t afford the deposit and didn’t know what he was going to do. SCC, using the Walk Funds, was able to pay for a portion of the deposit so that Joe could move into his new place. Now 24 months sober and having gotten a better job at the VA Hospital, Joe is happy to have a place of his own and a home for his new dog, Rusty.