As an educational assistant in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Ann Marie Cosgrove sees first hand, on a daily basis, the stress and difficulties that low and moderate income families experience in securing affordable housing. Once homeless herself, Ann Marie has worked hard and ceaselessly to become a homeowner, a public speaker on behalf of a nonprofit organization she founded, and an advocate of GMHC's HousingResource Center. She has owned her home, built in 1911, for eleven years and found the support, resources and expertise she needed at the Northeast HRC on Main Street in Minneapolis. "The staff was awesome and really helpful in many ways. They guided me through the process of getting needed work done and encouraged me so much," she said. Ann Marie had lead abatement work done, a new sidewalk and new windows installed. As a now happy homeowner, Ann Marie can focus on her occupation and her nonprofit organization without worrying about home repairs. She has a sanctuary to return to every night.