Finding Home

Lyn Alexis and her daughter, Iori
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Transitional housing aims to help individuals and families move from homelessness, or unstable housing, to permanent homes. It's an opportunity for those who need it to get back on their feet.

Below we follow the story of one woman who, with the help of a transitional home, is turning her life around for herself and her daughter. It's Lyn Alexis' journey to find home. 

Lyn Alexis, 25, lives at Gracious Hands with her daughter, Iori, 5.
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Today, an update on a Charlotte housing story we’ve been following since March in our series "Finding Home."

Gracious Hands is a three-year-old program in northwest Charlotte that helps homeless women and children get back on track and into permanent housing. One of those women is Lyn Alexis, who was living out of her car with her daughter before moving to Gracious Hands.

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The path from homelessness to permanent housing is about more than just a place to live. For many people on that road, it's about achieving financial and personal stability.

Sonja Chisholm runs Gracious Hands, a transitional housing home in northwest Charlotte.
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Charlotte native Sonja Chisholm was working as a supervisor at a soft-drink distributor when she and a friend founded the non-profit, Gracious Hands, in 2015. It's what's called a "transitional home" - a place for homeless women and their children to stay while they're working their way toward permanent housing.

Lyn Alexis, 25, lives at Gracious Hands with her daughter, Iori, 5.
David Boraks / WFAE

Affordable housing is a top priority for Charlotte city leaders.  It takes many forms - from workforce housing for moderate-income residents, to subsidized housing for those with very low incomes. There's also transitional housing, aimed at helping people move from homelessness to permanent housing.

Gracious Hands is one of a handful of low-cost temporary housing programs in the city.