Resident Voices

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Mutual Housing asks residents to share with us their stories – to tell us, in their own voices, what it means to have safe and stable housing, and what it’s like to live in their Mutual Housing community.

With “Resident Voices,” we are proud to inspire our readers with their words. Watch the video above to hear some of our residents’ stories about life at Mutual Housing, and click on the excerpts below for each story to read more…

Leslie, Mutual Housing at the Highlands: THIS was my own home, and I was being treated with respect…

Meaghan, Glen Ellen Mutual Housing Community: I started to see that volunteering could help me pave a way out of my bad background, and could lead to a better life for me and my family…

Yakiv, Mutual Housing at River Garden: Growing up in this community has given me a foundation for the rest of my life…

Ngoc, Mutual Housing at Lemon Hill: I remember the incredible feeling of finally having our own kitchen and room….

Dylan, Mutual Housing at the Highlands: …there is a sense of completeness in calling Mutual Housing at the Highlands my home…

Jocelyn, Mutual Housing at River Garden: They are very supportive when it comes to education, college, scholarships, leadership skills, and learning…

Alicia, Mutual Housing on the Greenway: I got my life back! I am now at a place where I love to be physically and mentally…

Mike, Mutual Housing at the Highlands: I know that a lot of people here have challenges and struggles, but it is nice to see the times that we do work together for community well-being…

Jennifer, Moore Village Mutual Housing Community: One of the things I like most about Moore Village Mutual Housing Community is the focus on community engagement. The programs and events have allowed me to meet my neighbors who make me feel safer and have helped me make friends…

Gary, Mutual Housing at River Garden: Mutual Housing programs have helped me be a better leader and a better brother…

Kathy, Glen Ellen Mutual Housing Community: I really don’t know what I would do without Mutual Housing or if I could live anywhere else but here….

Yelena Bondarchuk, Mutual Housing at Foothill Farms: But then the apartments were sold in 1994 to Mutual Housing, and things started to change…

Anonymous, Tremont Green Mutual Housing Community: Before moving to Tremont Green, my life as a single mother was chaotic and uncertain…

Nequai Scott, Mutual Housing on the Greenway: Living here enables me to carry out my primary concern as a mother whose goal is to provide for her children, while carrying out my goals of self sufficiency…

Kelly Her, Mutual Housing at Dixieanne: I’m thankful for Mutual Housing for being a stepping stone to a brighter future for a low-income family like mine…

Charlie Burres, The Westerner, a Mutual Housing Community: Since we have been here at the Westerner, many times our hearts have been touched by the kindness and willingness of our neighbors to help us…

Edith Bikoba, Twin Pines Mutual Housing Community: The thing that I like about living here is that we are a community where everybody is involved…

Varvara Lugovskaya, Mutual Housing at Foothill Farms: Life does not stay still and its every turn brings up new experiences. Living at Sacramento|Yolo Mutual Housing has definitely been a pleasurable one for my family…

Ale Ruiz-Jimenez, Owendale Mutual Housing Community: Once upon a time, there lived a family. They were just ordinary peasants. Moved around often from city to city in order to have a good education. Struggled to eat and have a good shelter…

Christina Thomas, Twin Pines Mutual Housing Community: I didn’t know what ‘community’ meant until I moved to Twin Pines…

Crystal Irwin, Mutual Housing at the Highlands: As a mother, nothing pains me more than seeing homeless children and families in America. I never thought I’d find myself in that situation, but never say never…

Dinael Bedolla, Age 10, Mutual Housing at River Garden: My life has changed a lot since we came to live here…

Anonymous, Mutual Housing at River Garden: I help out by being active in the community…

Iona Mani, Owendale Mutual Housing Community: Living in Mutual Housing has given me the feeling of, “It’s not just me and my family, but an entire community that helps me and is vested in my success.”

Media Profiles

Occasionally our residents’ stories show up in professional media outlets:

To read a profile of Mutual Housing resident and board president Mindy Romero, see page 18 at this link.

For a profile of one of our Norwood Estates families, click here.

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