Posted on August 2, 2017
Thank you to those who have shared and donated to our campaign so far! With your help, we’ll be able to help more veterans like our current tenant Shadequa. Born and raised in BedStuy, Shadequa joined the Marine Corps as a way to pay for college. After serving for 5 years, she struggled to reintegrate to civilian society as a veteran. "It was like I had to move my entire life without any help," she said. "I got out and basically immediately became homeless." With support from the GI Bill, Shadequa had enrolled in college, but she struggled to find a landlord who would accept her vouchers. "I would stay in my school’s library because it was sometimes open 24 hours," she said. "So I would sleep there and go to the gym to shower and things like that.”
As both a woman and a veteran, Shadequa felt particularly left out when she started looking for help. “I think the biggest misconception is that we’re tough and nothing gets to us,” she said, “that because we are veterans, we can handle being homeless.”
Finally, she found a veterans shelter that referred her to Housing+Solutions in December of 2015. She said that when she first saw her new apartment, "I couldn't believe it. Not only did they give me an apartment, they gave me a voucher for furniture and also for pots and pans. I was able to get bedding, sheets." Shadequa is well on her way to earning a master's degree in social work, which she hopes to use to help veterans like herself.
You can make a difference for veterans like Shadequa who have given so much for our country by donating to this campaign and sharing it with your friends and families.