Ruby and her husband Rajiv outside of the apartment in which SVdP’s aid helped them stay.

Between 2000 and 2018, the average rent in the Bay Area increased by 223%, with no significant growth in wages for low-income workers. California has added 1 unit of housing for every 5.4 jobs that have been added, and as the coronavirus takes its economic toll, the threat of homelessness is greater than ever.

With support from our generous donors, SVdP’s conferences (branches) provide rental assistance to help vulnerable families stay in their homes – families like Ruby’s. Ruby and her husband Rajiv had good jobs catering corporate and special events, but that all changed with COVID-19.

“In March everything was cancelled.” Ruby said. “Our incomes disappeared overnight.” Ruby and Rajiv were faced with a stark choice: change their entire life, or face homelessness.

“Luckily, we heard about rental assistance from SVdP,” Ruby said. “Without any income, we were going to lose our home.”

Ruby is scared that the coronavirus will stop her from working in her industry for years to come. “I think it might take years before things go back to normal,” Ruby said.

Ruby turned to SVdP’s Workforce Development Program, a program that provides paid training and experience, to help her re-enter the workforce. “The Workforce Development Program has really helped me feel comfortable looking for new work.” Ruby said.