IMPACT
05/12/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jenny Gibson's Story: Stimulus Funds Save Single Mom On Brink Of Homelessness

Last year, San Diego resident Jenny Gibson found herself unemployed after losing her job with a nonprofit organization. For this hard-working single mother, accustomed to spending her days bettering the lives of others, it was a jolting realization to be the one in need. After months of job hunting, her situation wasn't improving, and it looked like Gibson and her teenage son would soon be out on the street.

"I've always been on the other end of helping other people and when it came to me I was like, 'oh my goodness I can't believe this is happening.' I just kind of felt lost like what do I do?" Gibson said.

Through stimulus funds given to San Diego County by the U.S. Department of Housing's Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program, Gibson was able to find the help she needed to get her family back on their feet. The program's main aim is to keep children and teens in school by identifying those in danger of becoming homeless and providing rental assistance to families. So far, over 30 families in the county have benefited from the program since November and over 100 more are expected to be helped in upcoming months.

Thanks to the program, Gibson and her son are no longer facing eviction -- she now has several months of rent paid, allowing her to concentrate on finding a job.