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Housing Hotline Helps Woman At Risk Of Becoming Homeless

By Jennifer Brice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo (CBS4) - The clock was ticking for Luella Cole to find a home. She's now unpacked and settling into her new apartment.

Cole recently showed CBS4's Jennifer Brice around her new Englewood apartment. It's a big change considering that when we met her over the summer, she didn't know if she would have a home.

"I was afraid of being homeless at one point," said the 75-year-old woman.

Luella Cole
Luella Cole (credit: CBS)

Cole explained how her former landlord sold the condo that she was living in.

Desperate to find a new one, Cole couldn't find a rental willing to accept her housing voucher. So she reached out to CBS4.

We connected her with Colorado Housing Connects. It's a hotline helping people navigate the changing real estate market.

Cole said when she called, they were very understanding and helpful.

"And they gave me a lot of numbers and resources to call," she added.

Those calls led Cole to Traditions apartments in Englewood. They had units available and were accepting housing vouchers.

Luella Cole
(credit: CBS)

Now Cole has advice for other people searching for affordable housing.

"I would say don't give up."

Colorado Housing Connects offers resources, referrals and information about renter's rights. Their helpline is (844) 926-6632.

LINK: Colorado Housing Connects

Jennifer Brice is a reporter with CBS4 focusing on crime and courts. Follow her on Facebook or on Twitter @CBS4Jenn.

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