New Optimism for Her Kids Motivates Mom to Find Work
Michelle Starks doesn't need a statistician to tell her things have changed for her and her family since they left their former public housing complex in Baltimore’s Cherry Hill Homes, a sprawling complex of more than 1,500 public housing units, for a home in Harford County's Bel Air community. She joined the mobility program because she "wanted more for my kids," who are ages 9, 8, and 3 years old. Now that she has moved, she says she feels more motivated, noting that although she was unemployed when she lived in Cherry Hill, she has obtained a job as a cashier in a "big box" retail store less than a mile from her new home. She is involved in the PTA at her children’s new school in Bel Air and says she is optimistic for her children, who are doing better in school.
"Living in the projects you feel like you’re stuck," she explains. "You do what you gotta do for your kids regardless. I wanted to get out so bad, I just couldn’t do it by myself."