When Jennifer’s three-year relationship with the father of her five-year-old daughter became abusive in 2016, she and her daughter moved out of the apartment the three shared and into the home of a friend temporarily. Jennifer’s goal was to find a new residence for her and her daughter, but that proved challenging because the 28-year-old preschool teacher earned $12 an hour and had broken her apartment lease when she and her daughter moved. As a result, she was unable to qualify to lease a new apartment. After struggling through her situation for two years, she was referred to Interfaith Family Services in January 2018.
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