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New Life Furniture Bank helps make starting over feel like home

Posted August 2, 2017 3:05 p.m. EDT

— Adrienne Coggins' baby boy, Kingston, was only four weeks old when the two of them became homeless.

But after a month with Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, they got a new place to live in East Price Hill. Thanks to New Life Furniture Bank, their two-bedroom apartment is fully furnished, too.

"It feels great, and I am so excited and so thankful," said Coggins, 38, as she sat with her baby in a glider rocker provided by New Life. "Me and Kingston, we are going to enjoy our new place and our new furniture."

Families make up one-third of Hamilton County's homeless population at any given time, but their numbers swell in the summer.

That puts added pressure on organizations that work to find those families more stable living arrangements and also on New Life Furniture Bank, which provides beds, sofas and other furnishings those families need to make their living arrangements feel like home.

"We're turning agencies down right and left because the need is incredible," said Jill Keefe, New Life's client services manager. "We reach on average four families per day. We would love to up it to six or eight."