When Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry got pregnant with her first child, Isaac, Jo Rivera (Isaac’s father) invited her to move to his family’s house.
But when Lowry and Rivera decided to split up, Lowry had nowhere to go.
How Kailyn Lowry found affordable housing
Fortunately there were funds available for the young mother.
“Valley Youth House, an organization that provides intervention services and counseling for young people, has a housing program for single mothers, but they needed a two-day stay in a homeless shelter to qualify. I was very wary of a temporary stay in a shelter, but Isaac was my biggest concern,” wrote Lowry in her 2014 book, Pride Over Pity.
Despite her concern, Lowry decided to stay at least two nights in a shelter to qualify for housing assistance.
“I felt so restless and uncomfortable. Maybe these feelings came from within, because I was ashamed of where I was. No one knew what I was doing, not even the MTV producers, and I hoped it would stay that way because I felt like totally sh * it,’ she wrote.
While she was there, Lowry was among individuals in different situations of hers.
“I couldn’t imagine spending more than the weekend there, but most people there wanted and needed more than just a few days. The shelter had a maximum stay of thirty days, but everyone around me seemed to be begging for an extension. I wanted to believe the best, but I heard conversations about planning the system. My heart went out to the innocent children who had done nothing wrong,” she wrote.
What Kailyn Lowry took away from staying in a homeless shelter
Lowry says her time at the shelter was uncomfortable, but she had to do it for her son.
“I was able to get through it because I was motivated by a need for independence. I was determined never to trust anyone again. I had to be strong for Isaac. I would never allow my son to become one of those children in the shelter, hoping for a better future,’ she wrote.
And it worked. Thanks to her stay, the program helped pay for an apartment for Lowry and Isaac.
“The housing program would help me pay rent as long as I had a full-time job. Since I was already working, I was done. I found a reasonable apartment to live in and signed a one-year lease,’ she wrote.
In the end, Lowry learned a lot from the experience.
“It’s so easy to get caught up in your won life and trials, but there’s always someone worse off than you,” she wrote.