Cook County Program Helps Recovering Drug Addicts Find a New Lease on Life — Affordable Housing

HACC in the Community

Carla Shaw has lived in her Melrose Park, one-bedroom apartment for the last year and a half. Four months ago, she and her fiancé added baby Jaylen. He’s the first of her four children to be able to come with her from the hospital, drug-free.

“It feels great, I know I have somewhere to go to, I have a roof over my head. I have my baby,” Shaw said.

Shaw said she spent 15 years addicted to drugs, living a life “in the streets.”

“I was trafficked at a young age and I didn’t know until I got in the program,” she said, “then, I realized. It was hard.

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