Sheffield Place offers home for mother in need

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KANSAS CITY -- A mother who had been living on the streets battling addiction and abuse, received a permanent place to call home on Wednesday.

A house at 13th and Bellaire has been renovated by Sheffield Place as part of a unique program.

Sheffield Place works with homeless women, particularly those with drug addiction problems or who have been in abusive relationships.

The social service agency found that after helping women turn their lives around and get on the right path, the women had difficulty finding decent places to live that they could afford.

Many start in jobs earning only $9 or $10 an hour and with kids, that doesn't leave much money for housing. That's why the agency has embarked on an effort to buy and renovate homes in the Northeast neighborhood as housing for its success stories.

"I got here at Sheffield Place last year and I got pretty lucky because I was a fighter," said Cha'nele Anderson, a mother of 4 children who's moving into the house. "I wasn't trying to stay here. But they saw something special in me, so after a while when I realized I saw something special in myself I got the house."

This home was a foreclosure, owned by the federal Department of Housing and Urban  Development. Sheffield Place has renovated it and retains ownership. Anderson can live there as long as she wants so long as she pays rent.

Eventually the goal is for women and their children to move up and out into market rate homes.