Changing lives with affordable housing for seniors

June 01, 2016
Diana Goines, 68, enjoys sitting out on her patio and listening to the laughter of children playing at the nearby schools. “I just love it!” she raves.

Moving into her apartment at Providence Joseph House changed her life. The mother of two and grandmother of five was laid off from work in 2008 and the rent at her senior housing complex was more than she could afford on her fixed income. In addition, Diana has diabetes and much of her monthly income went to her insulin supply and half a dozen medications.

She had to choose between paying for medicine or food

“I was having problems when I was in my last home because I was spending around $700 a month just on medication. By the time I got my pills, sometimes I wouldn’t have any money left for food. It was getting to the place where I had to decide what I wanted to do; usually it was pay for my medication if I could, and then I would go to the food bank.”

When Diana heard about Providence Supportive Housing for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities she thought it was too good to be true.

A place to call home provides relief

“I now pay half as much as I paid at my previous apartment. All I have to pay for is my rent and my cat, so now I have some money left over every month. If I want to go buy a new dress, I can,” she says with a smile.

Living here has “taken a lot of pressure off my shoulders,” adds Diana. “I am able to relax and enjoy myself and do more for myself than I could before. The building is secure and clean and everyone is polite and friendly.”

“I’m thankful to Providence and the sisters that I am able to be here and be safe. Words can’t express my feelings. If I could hug all of the sisters I would – that’s how happy I am!”