‘Teen Mom 2’: Kailyn Lowry Opens up About Her Time in a Homeless Shelter
But when Lowry and Rivera decided to part ways, Lowry had nowhere to go.
How Kailyn Lowry found affordable housing
Thankfully, there were resources available to the young mother.
“Valley Youth House, an organization that provides intervention services and counseling for young people, has a housing program for single mothers but they required a two-day stay in a homeless shelter in order to qualify. I was very wary about staying in a shelter even temporarily, but Isaac was my main concern,” Lowry wrote in her 2014 book, Pride Over Pity.
Despite her uneasiness, Lowry decided to stay the minimum two nights in a shelter to qualify for housing assistance.
“I felt so restless and uncomfortable. Maybe these feelings were coming from within, from feeling ashamed of where I was. Nobody knew what I was doing, not even the MTV producers, and I hoped it would remain that way because I felt like utter sh*t,” she wrote.
While there, Lowry found herself amongst individuals in different situations from hers.
“I couldn’t imagine spending more than the weekend there, yet most of the people there wanted and needed more than just a few days. The shelter had a thirty-day maximum stay, but everyone around me seemed to be begging for an extension. I wanted to believe the best but I overheard conversations about scheming the system. My heart went out to the innocent children who had done no wrong,” she wrote.
What Kailyn Lowry took away from staying in a homeless shelter
Lowry says her time in the shelter was uncomfortable, but she needed to do it for her son.
“I was able to get through it because I was motivated by a need for independence. I was determined never to have to rely on anyone ever again. I had to be strong for Isaac. I would never allow my son to become one of those children int he shelter, hoping in vein for a brighter future,” she wrote.
And it worked. Thanks to her stay, the program helped to pay for an apartment for Lowry and Isaac.
“The housing program would help me pay rent as long as I maintained a full-time job. Since I was already working, I was set. I found a reasonable apartment to live in and signed a one-year lease,” she wrote.
Ultimately, Lowry learned a lot from the experience.
“It’s so easy to get caught up in your won life and tribulations, but there is always somebody out there who has it worse than you do,” she wrote.