PIH in the News
Read about Vi Koets, a 91 year old Colorado Springs resident who crochets potholders for Partners In Housing families.
“Koets’ neighbor, Cindy Perry, says she’s very proud of her neighbor. She wrote into KRDO saying, “While these sets may not be essential masks, they are useful to every household and I hope would also be a joyous and uplifting gift during these times — something hand made, brand new, with the sole purpose of those families in mind.” “
Read about how Partners in Housing guides families from insecurity to stability, self-reliance and prosperity through the success story of one of our past partners!
“Courtney Hoff, Partners in Housing program director, noted, “Ours is a quiet population. It’s not a happy time in their life, and they often don’t ask for help or don’t know where to go for help. We bridge the gap in their journey to success and share our energy with them.”
The goal is self-sufficiency. “We aren’t a Band-Aid. We want them to grow and they are the ones doing the work,” Hoff noted.
The agency helped 127 adults and 263 children last fiscal year. Of the families, 90% improved self-sufficiency, 77% increased income, and 49% improved their education, said Mary Stegner, executive director.”
Partners in Housing, along with Catholic Charities and Family Promise, took the lead in developing a summit to bring family service providers together. With a goal of creating a formalized collaborative, plans will follow the summit to create a better system for families seeking assistance. More to come!
“Domestic violence, substance abuse, lack of jobs, poor-paying jobs and the death of a family breadwinner are factors in making a family homeless,” said Mary Stegner, of Partners in Housing. “We need to determine how to keep families out of that crisis so that fewer need help.”
Michelle Karas, Editor of the 4 Pikes Peak Newspaper, writes about the Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 Service, and highlights Partners In Housing and our services.
“The “partners” in Partners in Housing are families in crisis, explained Mary Stenger, executive director. All the families served have children, and 90% are headed by single mothers. In 75% of the cases domestic violence is a factor.”
Libby Kinder of the Gazette- Cheyenne Edition, highlights Partners In Housing 2019 Annual Event and organizational mission.
“Renowned psychologist Abraham Maslow spent his career studying basic human needs. The need for shelter and food is primary before a person can begin to move on to other levels, including safety, belonging, achievement, and self- fulfillment. The mission of Partners In Housing perfectly illustrates the role this organization takes in not only meeting basic needs, but in addressing all levels with a goal of leading a fulfilling life.”
This morning, Renae Roberts interviewed Executive Director, Mary Stegner & Steve Miller of Galiant Homes, A Colorado Custom Home Builder. Steve explains why Galiant has partnered with Partners in Housing to help Move Families Forward out of housing crisis and homelessness to a level of stability, self-reliance and prosperity! Steve also announces exciting news to support our goal to expand our program by helping us to expand our housing inventory!
The Colorado Springs Independent covers this important roll out of new legislation to protect renters.
CSINDY.COM: Impending roll-out of new legislation could change landscape for renters
New legislation to protect renters is rolling out to include changes in application fees, defining the conditions that make residences uninhabitable and giving more time to pay rent before eviction proceedings begin. In a market where rent prices are soaring, families with evictions face even greater barriers. Partners in Housing’s Executive Director, Mary Stegner, adds “Sometimes they’ll have enough money to pay the rent, and their credit score might be fine, [but] that eviction is really an issue.”
Colorado Springs community members talk about the impact the lack of affordable housing in the area has on them, including one, now graduated, PIH Partner.
“The housing market out here really is not a good deal for people,” she says. “It’s either roof over your head or are you going to eat. Which one are you going to choose?”
U.S. Air Force Academy cadets from Cadet Squadron 35 provide support in the PIH Child Enrichment Center. Read the full article at the ink below.
“Over the course of a few hours, children at the Child Enrichment Center in downtown Colorado Springs run, jump and play on a small playground with a group of Air Force Academy cadets, Oct. 4.
It’s a scene of happy chaos: a jubilance that spreads from the kids to the cadets, who laugh and hoist them onto their shoulders and chase them in a lawless game of tag. The moment is poignant for the program runners at Partners in Housing, an organization that provides homeless families with transitional housing and life skills courses.”