LONGVIEW (KYTX) - The feel of a neighborhood, your own home, and security are feelings absent if you happen to find yourself in the worst of situations. Susan Stanford and her 2 teenagers became homeless 4 months ago, that's when they asked Hiway 80 for help.
"My first thought, It's a homeless shelter, I don't want to stay here for a week. But then you realize you need that help." - Susan Stanford, Homeless
A $900,000 project by Hiway 80 is trying to promote a welcome feel. Shelter officials have built 6 cottages for single mothers.
"Not to say that I haven't felt comfortable here because we have a place to stay but this looks so inviting."
As of now, 50 women share space inside of this building. Single women, single moms, and children share one large room, and a bathroom. Hiway 80 Executive Director Eric Burger says that can be tough on a family.
"People are often traumatized. Often you're on the floor with a mat, and we wanted to say no to that." - Eric Burger, Hiway 80 Executive Director
Within 30 days, these cottages that can hold 50 additional women and children will be ready to go. $250,000 is left to pay off.
"We want people to know that we care, and we are eager to help them find a new life."
Stanford says being inside of one of these homes would've made her first night a bit easier.
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