Tierra is a single mother who was referred to One Degree by a Nurse Practitioner at a shelter on Skid Row in Los Angeles. When we met Tierra in November 2018, she was using One Degree to look for housing for herself and her 5 year old daughter. Before she found One Degree Tierra was trying to find resources by knocking on doors up and down Skid Row. “Everyday is a fight for housing and everyday I’m coming out here… Without One Degree I was feeling low in spirit because I just didn’t know what to do.”
Tierra was determined to find housing, and was certain she could make it happen with hard work and a positive attitude. After downloading the One Degree app, Tierra was able to access resources that helped her find affordable housing, as well as summer and winter programs for her daughter. Now that she and her daughter have housing, Tierra has more time to focus on her career.
Six months after she started using One Degree Tierra reached out to us: “Fast forward 6 months later we finally housed! I’m working on my license and I have a job.”
Two years after being on Skid Row, things have really improved for Tierra and her daughter. Looking back on that time in her life, she said that she was “so glad I had you during that time. To know I had some type of hope and ended up getting me out of that hell hole”. She is now sharing an apartment with her mom and daughter, she just got a new car, she acquired her MLS license, and she is now a licensed loan officer! She is also “so excited about paying rent now… I want [my landlord] to see this money, honey!”.