Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tamika graduated from Kutztown University and is currently a Social Worker at Community Counsel in West Philadelphia, working with special-need adults.
She’s proud of her many accomplishments, but she also knows that making honest mistakes is an inevitable part of life—and she learned this when she and Jalynn rented an apartment for the first time. After saving two years’ worth of tax returns, she signed a lease for an apartment in Northeast Philadelphia for $1000 per month—more than half her monthly income. Tamika thought it would be worth the extra money because the apartment was spacious and (at least during her initial visit) it looked well-maintained. “When I moved into the apartment,” she said, “I thought that because I had an advanced degree, because I’d saved money, that I was smart. You think you do everything right…but life happens.”