Stories from the Fill The Gap project in association with Interfaith of the Woodlands
[Note: All names are pseudonyms (names flagged with an asterisk (“*”).]
May 2022 Report
A 43 year-old white female, married with six children, four living at home, was in need of a rent deposit. Their two adult children had moved out, which caused a loss in household income and they then needed less living space. We assisted with $600 towards her security deposit at their new apartment.
A 59 year old female client indicated that for several months she was homeless and expressed that is was very difficult for her to find a residence. The client stated that once she was able to find a home, much of her money went to pay for her moving expenses. She indicated that this help of utility assistance of $140 was much appreciated and without it, it would be extremely challenging for her. The client stated that she was thankful for the assistance and was glad she was referred to Interfaith and the Fill the Gap Program.
A single white male, 34 years of age living on a fixed SSI income, was able to find out about the P&J deposit assistance through his case worker. We assisted him with $450 for his deposit on his new apartment. He was very grateful because he didn’t know how he was going to be able to cover the cost on a fixed income.
April 2022 Report
Female, Caucasian, 38, single mom, with 15 year old son. Client was originally a referral from one of our member congregations for Emergency Shelter on 04/05/22. Client was living in her car with her son. Client was assisted with shelter for two weeks through Interfaith. Client was able to find employment and secure an apartment but, needed help with the deposit. Client is being assisted with rent deposit for $350.00 and utilities deposit for $210.00.
A 43 year-old white female, married with six children, four of which are living at home. Their two adult children had moved out and so they lost some household income and needed less space. We assisted with $600 towards her rent deposit.
Client is a black female in her mid 30’s. She is a single mother to a 4 year old daughter. She shared with me that she was a victim of domestic violence and thanks to the P&J funds she will be able to start fresh in a new apartment with a rent deposit of $300.
March 2022 Report
A single white male, age 34, had fraudulent activity occur with his electric account and the provider needed him to set up a new account once the situation was resolved. He had been out of work and we had assisted him in the summer of 2021, and was still having difficulties related to his earlier job loss. We were able to cover the deposit for his new service.
A single female, 55, relocated to Texas from Georgia to be closer to her family. She stated during appointment that people in Texas were so much nicer and she wish she had come sooner. Client found employment at Walmart and is extremely excited to be in a new place. Client’s deposit amount was $200.00.
Female, single, 25. Client was staying with her mom and family in a very cramped apartment, since downsizing due to Covid loss. Client requested deposit assistance in the amount of $507.00. Client is very excited and had been on the section 8 waiting list for 2 years.
A 31 year old Hispanic woman her and her family of 5 recently moved from Oregon and she could not afford the deposit on her Entergy bill. Client was very thankful to be able to get assistance thru the P&J funds.
A single mother of 5, requested rental deposit through Fill the Gap. The client was affected by Covid in late 2021 which she states that she had a stroke during the same time and later caused her to have problems with her vision. Client reports that she has not been able to return to work and has been under a lot of stress. Client indicated that she had to move out of her previous home since her lease was up. Client indicated that she was very thankful for the assistance.
A 50 year-old single white female who was originally from the Woodlands area but had moved away was now coming back to Montgomery County for a new job. She was able to lease a mobile home in Porter, TX and we were able to cover her security deposit. She was very grateful, and both she and the property manager thanked us for the assistance.
February 2022 Report
Client ID 59361
Male client, 42 years of age, was assisted with deposit assistance towards his new residence. Client explained that he had been homeless since March 2019, and through the help of some friends he has been able to get back on his feet. Client was able to provide all documentation needed and the assistance was granted. Client indicated that he is beyond happy and thankful for all the help he has received and cannot wait to finally be living in his new home.
Client ID 56634
Single, mother of two children, called and stated that due to losing her job recently she was struggling to get her lights turned on. Client stated that if she could get the assistance with a deposit for her lights that she would be able to manage her other bills without worry.
Client ID 59395
50 year old male was referred to us by the Interfaith Clinic. Client was victim to a house fire and lost everything he owned. The client and his wife had taken in their 10 year old grandson and during this difficult time of trying to find a new place for their newly expanded family to live. The P&J funds were able to help lessen the burden with the deposit assistance.
Client ID 59481
18 year old male client suffered an injury at work that was prohibiting him from maintaining his regular hours at work. Client was moving into his first new place and found himself needing help with his first deposit for his utilities. Client stated that he was able to pay for the majority of his other deposits but needed some help with the utilities. Fill the Gap funds helped with $600 towards his Entergy deposit.
Client ID 59516
Single mom arrived for her appointment requesting deposit assistance. The young mom indicated that she had just recently started a new job after being unemployed for some time and currently her income was very limited. The client explained that she and her 2 young children were so grateful for the assistance as it was allowing them to have a place of her own for the very first time.
Senior citizen gentleman reached out regarding deposit assistance. Client indicated that he had lived at his previous residence for 14 years, when he was suddenly informed by his previous landlord that he had to move out immediately since he sold the property. Client indicated that he was frantically looking for a new residence but was not financially ready to make a sudden move. Client indicated that he was very thankful for the assistance given, adding that without the assistance he would not have a place to live.