This is one of several Solutions Journalism stories published through a Grady capstone course that reported on housing issues during the fall of 2018.
Being able to fix one part of a problem doesn’t mean being able to fix everything.
Catherine Garrett, the director of rapid re-housing at Project Safe, helps domestic violence survivors find and pay for rental housing.
“Although it sounds really helpful and really big,” Garrett said, “I do know of a lot of things that I also can’t do, and that’s really difficult for me.”Why It’s Newsworthy: Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness among women and children.
The program provides financial assistance to renters for 12 months and continues to advise them after the year has ended.
Paying for rent does not solve all housing problems associated with poverty, like paying for utilities or buying furniture. But, clients also receive help with budgeting, financial planning and communicating with landlords.
Learn more about Project Safe’s rapid re-housing program in the video below.
Kendall Lake is a senior majoring in journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.