By Jovana Lara / ABC7 KABC
ORANGE COUNTY (KABC) — Having an apartment of her own is a big deal for Day, a 36-year-old Army veteran.
“I came back in 2012 after deployment, and I really wanted to be OK, but I was diagnosed with PTSD and I just, I wasn’t… OK,” says Day, who doesn’t want to reveal her full name.
Despite having two jobs and working 60 hours a week at times, Day says she couldn’t scrape up enough money for move-in costs, didn’t have any rental history and ended up living in a borrowed car.
“Probably about a year ago this last December was the absolute darkest,” Days says. “I felt like I had absolutely nowhere to go, even on rainy nights, and I was sleeping out of a vehicle that I didn’t even own anymore that was being lent to me by a family member, and I just felt completely homeless, felt like it was never going to change, nothing was ever going to work out.”
Things turned around for Day when she was put in touch with Welcome Home OC, a program developed by the Orange County United Way’s United to End Homelessness initiative.