Meet Elizabeth: This Army Veteran is Home for the Holidays

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In the heart of Avondale, where the air is thick with uncertainty and the streets echo with the sounds of an active drug scene, there lived a resilient soul named Liz. At 78, Liz was not just a native New Yorker but also a decorated Army veteran, carrying a lifetime of experiences and hardships on her shoulders.

Her apartment in Avondale was far from the ideal dwelling for a woman of her age. Scary people, loud music, and the ever-present shadows of a drug-infested environment made it a place you wouldn’t wish upon your grandmother. However, the most alarming aspect of Liz’s life wasn’t the neighborhood itself; it was the fact that nearly all of her income was being devoured by rent.

Making Ends Meet

To make ends meet, Liz found herself working as a part-time school crossing guard, supplementing her modest Social Security check and a small pension. Life took a dark turn when she fell on her knee at work, leaving her unable to continue her job and fearing an imminent eviction notice.

In a desperate attempt to escape the clutches of eviction, Liz emptied her savings to rent a moving truck, intending to reunite with her sisters on the East Coast after over 30 years in Arizona. However, the prospect of enduring the cold and damp winters haunted her bones.

Senior Homelessness: A Housing Problem

Liz’s story is not unique; older adults are now the fastest-growing segment of Americans experiencing homelessness. In Arizona, the rise in evictions is evident, driven by corporate landlords increasing rents to maximize profits. The state’s fast eviction process, as reported by the Arizona Republic, can lead to a lockout within three weeks of a tenant missing a payment.

At this critical juncture, older adults like Liz and those with disabilities are at a heightened risk of homelessness. It’s time to extend a helping hand and welcome them home with FSL.

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Liz discovered renewed safety, independence, and community with FSL.

Discovering FSL’s Affordable Housing

Thanks to compassionate individuals like you, Liz discovered an open apartment in one of FSL’s communities. Her new home is safe, peaceful, and adorned with the vibrant hues of bougainvillea. Remarkably, it costs only a third of her income to live there.

"It's a totally different life. For the first time, I feel like I'm home."
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FSL Resident

Your contribution will play a pivotal role in providing shelter to those in need, with FSL offering safe and affordable homes in 24 properties across Arizona. These properties include essential services like food pantries, ensuring that the residents’ basic needs are met. Over 1,100 individuals find renewed safety, independence and community in FSL’s affordable housing properties across the state.

You can support seniors like Liz with a gift to FSL today!

About FSL

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Established in 1974, the Foundation for Senior Living is dedicated to providing integrated, customized care for those who need it in the Phoenix area. We offer a wide range of home- and community-based services, including:

All of these are designed to enable Arizonans of all ages to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. If you or someone you know is struggling to have their needs met, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you. And if you’re able, consider donating or volunteering your time to our mission. We can’t wait to work with you!

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