- Created: Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:26
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
The blog below is cross-posted from Homes for All MN. Homes for All MN collects and shares housing stories to to show lawmakers the challenges Minnesotans are facing when it comes to having a safe, stable and affordable home. By sharing your story, you play a key part in gaining the support and understanding of elected officials and furthering Homes for All's mission to advance housing stability for all Minnesotans. Katie's story is part of that effort. Join Katie in sharing your story, and thanks for supporting Homes for All!
For Katie and her three young kids, homelessness became a routine after nine months of moving from shelter to shelter. Once a week, they moved to a different church in the Rochester, hauling all that they had, sticking to a strict schedule of meals and bedtimes, and spending every moment together.
Photo: Katie and her 4-year-old son in one of the Gage East community rooms
“Everyday, we had to be at the church a certain time, we had to eat dinner at a certain time, and in the morning we had to leave at a certain time,” Katie explains. “If we wanted to eat we had to be up at a certain time. Some weeks we’d stay out of Rochester, so we’d be in Eyota or Pine Island. I did not travel lightly because I didn’t want my kids to feel like they didn’t have what they needed. It was really overwhelming for me a lot of the time.”