Jessica's Story

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“Two years and three months ago I was at HPC crying with my 1-year-old… Look at me now. I am so grateful." – Jessica Shiever, HPC client and new homeowner.

In 2019, Jessica was a working mother struggling to find affordable housing for herself and her daughter, Willow. Jessica’s Provincetown studio lease was about to run out, her rent was scheduled to rise, and her income was flat. Add in childcare and she knew she’d never make ends meet.

 

After seeking out HPC, and with the step-by-step stabilization help of our case management program, which connected Jessica with supports like fuel assistance and the

Eastham Rental Assistance program, Jessica was able to secure an affordable rental on the Lower Cape. Even more, after a year, Jessica sought an additional pathway to independence by enrolling in HPC’s REACH project.

Between the beginning and end of Jessica’s story, knowledge, perseverance, and a little luck intersected. Jessica’s case manager felt she would be a great candidate for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity housing lottery in Orleans. There were five eligible lottery applicants to own the two-bedroom ranch-style home --and Jessica won. Jessica worked through the pandemic, provided 250 hours of sweat equity into building her home, and just recently moved in.