Independence Road: Transitional housing program helping residents get back on their feet

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Almost every day of the week, the Community Crossroads Homeless Shelter in Greenville is packed with people in need of help.

Some residents there are working to find their own homes and starting with the help of the community.

Independence Road is a transitional housing program,” explained Bob Williams, Community Crossroads Executive Director. “They pay 15 percent of whatever their net income is for programming fees and they’re required to save 30 percent of their net income which they get back at the end of their stay.”

The building has 12 apartments, 5 of which are renovated and ready for residents.

Williams said the program works to help people get back on their feet, “It’s a progression of events. You go from the crisis of being homeless, possibly living in the shelter. Now you’re over here in Independence Road and you’ve got something to look forward to.”

That’s exactly what happened to Antoine Gibbs.

Despite holding the same job for the last six years, Gibbs found himself at the shelter where he lived for six months. He said the atmosphere there was stressful.

“I really don’t like being around as many people as I was around, but you have to make adjustments when you’re in certain situations in life,” said Antonie Gibbs, Independence Road resident. When he found out about the available apartment, Gibbs jumped at the opportunity. “It’s helping me to put myself in a position where I’m back used to paying bills, having responsibilities, and being on my own.”

He’s also saving thirty percent of his income to move on. That’s a key component of the program.

“With Independence Road, they have someone working with them with their finances, budgeting, helping them maintain goals,” explained Tonette Latham, Housing Services Coordinator.

But despite the assistance, it’s up to the residents to succeed.

“You can’t make someone be successful,” said Latham. “It’s pretty much up to them.”

Gibbs said he’s excited for the future, “Yes. Yes, I have options now.”

And he’s grateful for the opportunity provided by Community Crossroads at Independence Road.

“It gave me hope and a chance to do something good,” said Gibbs, who hopes to have enough in savings to put a down payment down on an apartment and buy his own car.

There are still a number of apartments in need to renovations and Community Crossroads is looking for help.

To learn how you can get involved, just click here for a link.

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