Atlanta News First reporter Joshua Skinner met with Open Doors Development Director Kim Wolfe, Program Coordinator Cherie DeBose and Air Force Veteran Daniel Redding to discuss how the new Open More Doors Housing Supports program assists people experiencing housing insecurity to find and secure affordable, stable and sustainable housing.
“Open Doors lowers the barriers that help people get into housing,” Wolfe said.
Through the Housing Supports program, Open Doors assists individuals, families and veterans who are housing insecure by researching potential home options, establishing a sustainable budget, providing assistance with deposits, and securing and guaranteeing a lease. Open Doors also works to assist with any barriers to sustaining housing, should they occur once clients are in their new home.
Redding was connected to Open Doors through the VA. Open Doors quickly found him an apartment. He has a job for the first time in decades.
“It wasn’t his income that was preventing him from getting housing, but his credit,” shared DeBose.
Redding was connected to Open Doors through the VA. Open Doors quickly found him an apartment. He now has a job for the first time in decades and is reconciling with his ex-wife, Shayna.
“Where would I be without Open Doors? I probably wouldn’t be here,” Redding admitted. “I wouldn’t have a car. I would probably still be in a hotel.”
To see the full interview, visit the Atlanta News First webpage here.