Phoenix-based nonprofit helping single mom who needs home

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A Valley mother and her infant son are about to be kicked out on the street with no place to go.

Minerva Cano is struggling to make ends meet with her job, and now the house she's living in is getting repossessed.

She's determined to find a new home, and Phoenix-based nonprofit is stepping in to help. Cano only has two weeks before she has to leave the house she's living in and says she's frustrated but trying to keep it together for her infant son, Julian.

"I'm doing the best I can to make sure that me and him have a place, but it's kind of hard when you don't qualify for things," she said.

Cano learned less than a week ago that the house she was living in is now under foreclosure, which means she and Julian have to be out by Jan. 9.

Her financial status is considered very low income, but because she has a steady job, qualifying for assistance is tricky.

Patricia Garcia Duarte of Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix says Cano is not alone and hopes to soon calm the woman's nerves.

"It could be very stressful, but there is help out there. There are counseling agencies that will help them sort out all the different programs," Garcia Duarte said.

Counselors help evaluate income, talk about expectations, and develop a timeline.

In Cano's case, she only has two weeks and is nervous but optimistic with NHSPhoenix's help.

"There's so many opportunities out there, and that's the reason why I took this opportunity to be able to inspire on others that everything is going to be OK," she said. "But you've got to reach out when you need help."

Representatives at the NHSPhoenix encourage people in similar situations to come and speak with counselors to set up a plan.