In the words and stories of our residents

Imagine Housing measures its success where it counts the most: in the lives of happy, healthy and permanently housed residents. In the words of our residents, here are a few ways that Imagine Housing has made and is making a difference:

“My kids are so much better. They love being here. They have made so many friends, more than they did when we lived in our old apartment for three years. It’s so much nicer here, so much more for them to do, more family stuff to do, the community here is just really great.”

“[Affordable housing] allows people with little income to be able to live and hold their head up, not to cower.”

There is no one story that describes how people find themselves in need of affordable housing. Whether due to physical disabilities, tragedy, financial hardship, or otherwise, each family in Imagine Housing’s community is looking for a hand up out of a difficult situation. Here are a few stories from families who are at “home” with Imagine Housing:


MaryAnn is a resident at Rose Crest.  She has a disability that leaves her unable to drive and she must pay the Metro Access bus to take her to appointments.  One day, she came into the office overwhelmed because her paycheck was late. Read more….


John was one of the first veterans to move into Andrew’s Glen from a homeless shelter.  The economy had left him jobless, forcing him to spend his savings until they ran out, in spite of his constant effort to find employment.  He had spent 11 months sleeping in shelters prior to coming to Andrew’s Glen, feeling defeated and sad.    Read more…


Jen moved into Francis Village in December of 2011.  Jen became a homeless youth and worked closely with Friends of Youth.  She worked tirelessly with both her case manager from Friends of Youth and Imagine Housing staff to get resources to help her find employment. Read more…





“I’m happy. I have lots of privacy. Everything is clean. The manager comes to see if you’re okay, it’s wonderful that way. You feel like you’re protected.”

“Truthfully I’m afraid we’d be homeless if we weren’t here right now, because I lost my job and became disabled.”