Ronique Snyder has worked herself onto the right track since dropping out of high school two years ago, but a tie-up in federal funding meant to help low-income, working single mothers in Medford could leave her and her 14-month-old daughter without a home.
Snyder, 18, says Community Works’ Transitional Living Program — which provides rent subsidies to former homeless youths, runaways and single parents — has helped her attend college and get a job to support her daughter, Dailynn.
The program is in jeopardy and hangs in limbo until Community Works learns whether federal funding will come through to keep the subsidies flowing to Jackson County residents who depend on them.
“This program is not just a handout," Snyder said. “They don’t just take care of you by giving you rent money. You have to bust your butt and help yourself."
To remain in the program, Snyder has to either be working or attending school. She then receives a $710 subsidy to pay the rent for her apartment.
“You have to spend 40 hours a week doing something productive, or they won’t let you in the program," Snyder said.
The father of her child is not providing support and rarely sees his daughter, Snyder said.
The programs allows for 22 months of rent subsidies. Snyder has been in the program for six months.
“I’ve been with it only a short time, but it’s done so much for me," she said. “And I know it’s helped other girls."
The program is funded by the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The money ran out Monday, and Community Works gave those who rely on the subsidies a 30-day notice before they are cut off.
“It’s been a scramble to work with other agencies to help them out," said Coriann Matthews, a case manager with Community Works. “We don’t want them to get kicked out of their apartments with nowhere to go."
Community Works has enough money to continue providing rent help to five people for the foreseeable future.