Stockton’s mum goes from homeless to landlord for the first time

From Homeless to Landlord: This is the story of a single mother living in Stockton. After more than four years of life on the streets, Amber Golisano and her son finally have a home. “I’ve done a lot of couch surfing. We’ve stayed in a few abandoned buildings, a lot of really nasty hotels or motels,” Golisano said of what life was like before that time. She says she felt like she had hit rock bottom after her toxic relationship ended. “He used all my money. He broke my car. He took my last $100 and left me with furniture literally on the lawn with the sprinklers that came on before we were about to go. be kicked out,” Golisano said. She says she was also struggling with drug addiction because of her ex and had nowhere to go. But, a few years later, she gave birth to her son, Elliot, which became a turning point in his life. “I got to the point where I was like, ‘I can’t do this with a kid.’ It wasn’t about me anymore and I needed to do something and be better for him,” Golisano said of seeking shelter Eventually, she came across Hope Ministries. After learning that Golisano was pinching pennies, walking from the shelter to daycare to her part-time job and back, Hope Ministries helped her find a car, which helped her find a better job and permit to save more money. The next step for Golisono was to find permanent housing. Hope Ministries matched her with a real estate agent, Ben Adrian, who offered his services for free and after 10 long months of submitting offers, she got a house. “I have a three-bedroom house now and it’s all mine,” Golisono said.

From Homeless to Landlord: This is the story of a single mother living in Stockton.

After more than four years of living on the streets, Amber Golisano and her son finally have a home.

“I did a lot of couch surfing. We stayed in a few abandoned buildings, a lot of really nasty hotels or motels,” Golisano said of what life was like before that time.

She says she felt like she had hit rock bottom after her toxic relationship ended.

“He used all my money. He broke my car. He took my last $100 and left me with furniture literally on the lawn with the sprinklers going on before we were about to be evicted,” Golisano said.

She says she was also struggling with drug addiction because of her ex and had no one to turn to. But, a few years later, she gave birth to her son, Elliot, who became a turning point in her life.

“I got to the point where I was like, ‘I can’t do this with a kid.’ It wasn’t about me anymore and I needed to do something and be better for him,” Golisano said.

This meant reaching out to family members she hadn’t heard from in years and when they told her she had overstayed her foster home, she began to seek refuge. Eventually, she came across Hope Ministries.

After learning that Golisano was pinching pennies, walking from the shelter to daycare to her part-time job and back, Hope Ministries helped her find a car, which helped her find a better job and him. saved more money.

The next step for Golisono was to find permanent housing.

Hope Ministries matched her with a real estate agent, Ben Adrian, who offered his services for free and after 10 long months of offers, she got a house.

“I have a three-bedroom house now and it’s all mine,” Golisono said.

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