Homeless Concord mom finds apartment
Amber Griffith helps her son, Drake, 3, change his shirt while her daughter Chelsea, 6, unpacks her bag after arriving home from kindergarten on Wednesday afternoon, May 15, 2013. Griffith is a 27-year-old mother of four, currently staying at the family shelter in Concord with three of her kids. Families in Transition program pays for her rent for her own apartment, but she is not having luck with landlords in the area allowing her to sign a lease. (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
In two weeks, Amber Griffith will have a home.
Yesterday, Families in Transition signed a lease on a four-bedroom apartment for Griffith and her four children.
The 27-year-old single mother of four has been living in the Friends Program family shelter in Concord since last fall, when the lease wasn’t renewed on a condo she shared with a friend.
This spring, Griffith qualified for a subsidized housing program with Families in Transition. The nonprofit signed the lease with a landlord, and will pay the rent every month. Griffith will reimburse the organization for a portion of that amount, based on how much she can afford.
It took about three months to find a landlord willing to work with the program. In May, Griffith told the Monitor she was discouraged after visiting 30 apartments and learning each time that the owner did not want to work with the program.
Last week, she found a Maple Street apartment on Craiglist, went to see it and learned Friday that she could move in July 15.
She’s still hopeful that all four of her children will be able to live in the new apartment with her; a judge had granted guardianship of her 1-year-old child to an aunt, with an order that said Griffith could seek custody if she found a place to live.
Now, Griffith is searching for furniture and counting down the days until she has a home of her own. So are her kids.
“My 6-year-old and I were sitting here and she turns to me, ‘The first thing I’m going to do in the new apartment is walk around with no shoes, no socks,’ ” Griffith said.