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Tabitha Apartments in Superior hopes to change homeless lives

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SUPERIOR, WI-- Homelessness is a growing problem across the country.

According to the Homeless Research Institute, the number of people experiencing it has risen 22% since 2016.

However, a new program in Superior is hoping to make a difference.

Nija Davis and her family know all too well what it's like being homeless.

"We decided to migrate up here for section 8 in Duluth but couldn't find a place," Davis said.

After moving north from the Twin Cities, one phone call changed everything for the Davis family.

"Harbor House called us for us to seek shelter. We went there for 30 days and my husband started working. They put us in the TLC building and now here."

Davis' new home had its grand opening Wednesday.

It's called Tabitha Apartments, a project Harbor House has been working on for a year and a half now.

"It will house 5 families. So formerly homeless, chronically homeless. There is no end date, but they will be getting supportive services such as case management, life skills, art interventions," said Chelsea Brantley Executive Director, Harbor House.

Those services have proven to be beneficial in helping people get back on their feet.

"They are actually helping me go back to school. I have less than a year left. Just anything you might possibly need clothing food," said Davis.

To be eligible to live in the home, you must go through Harbor House's shelter first.

Those involved with the organization say this project couldn't have opened up at a better time.

"There is a lot of homeless people here and I mean with COVID hitting we have seen our numbers rise drastically as far as homeless people go. The homeless community they are humans too," said Danielle Ranta, Life Skills Coordinator, Harbor House.

While Davis is grateful for this opportunity, she said it doesn't stop there.

She plans on giving back to the organization that helped her and her family during a difficult time.

"Within my 30 days I got hired on here and I plan on being a social worker or case manager, that's why I said I'm almost done with my psychology degree," said Davis.

Tabitha Apartments will go through an inspection Thursday. Once passed residents can move in.

For more information on the Harbor House and the programs, it offers you can go here.

John Cardinale

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