Local Mom Fights Against Long Odds, Homelessness During Pandemic

Image via Kimberly Paynter, WHYY.
Tiffani Szabara and her daughter Cadence.

After the pandemic upended her entire life and forced her into homelessness, Tiffani Szabara is finally seeing light at the end of a long tunnel, writes Avi Wolfman-Arent for WHYY.

Before the outbreak, the mother of four daughters managed a pizzeria in Eagleville and lived with in Phoenixville.

Soon after COVID-19 reached the region, she lost her job. She managed to find part-time work, but things took another turn for the worse in September when she lost her home.

Desperate to keep her daughters in the Phoenixville Area School District, she sent her two oldest children to live with their father nearby. Meanwhile, she and her two youngest daughters had to live in her Ford Fusion for a month.

She then got help from a local nonprofit, which got a room at an Exton hotel for her and her kids. By having this stability, she was able to find a job that helped her save some money, and she recently signed a lease on a home in Coatesville.

“It just felt like a weight lifted off for me,” she said.

Read more about Tiffani Szabara at WHYY here.

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