Submitted by Pati Toops, Fort Madison Housing Authority Director
FORT MADISON – This doesn’t tell all the struggles I’ve had since getting out of a destructive relationship but it’s says from the heart. When the housing authority asked me if they could do a piece on me and my daughter about getting our own house. I thought, why me? I don’t deserve to be recognized in any way. I was just trying to do better for me and my child. But then, that’s what it is all about. Parents with children who for a variety of reasons need affordable housing and find it with the housing authority. I was lost! I didn’t know how to move forward. I was determined to move forward and upwards. I desired my own home. It seemed to me that my whole life I just wanted my own space. I searched for the right opportunity. I finally found one. With my brother’s co-sign and great friends to help with the move. I claimed a little house I could afford. I’m grateful that housing was there when I had no options in my last relationship. Me and my child needed a transitional living space. One that was suitable and affordable. I am also very happy to be a new homeowner. So it needs paint. It’s a work in progress that’s all. We really do love our little home.
The Fort Madison Housing Authority is happy to have helped play a role in Linda and Hevin’s journey. The FMHA wishes them many happy and healthy years in their new home. Best wishes!!! Plant and gift certificate to local DIY store as a happy house warming present from the Fort Madison Housing Authority.