Nowadays, many people find themselves commuting 2 to 4 hours each day to work and back. This causes a lot of distress, especially if you are a teacher. Your day does not end once the students leave home—it begins. Getting lessons ready for the next day, grading assignments or parent-teacher conferences can be very draining, not to mention the thought of having to commute 2 hours to get home after your day is done. The cost of living, especially in the Bay area, has risen and many seek housing in rural areas. But thankfully there are programs like HIF’s Affordable Housing Initiative, which connects teachers and non-profit workers to affordable housing, saving up to 50% in rent. These programs are a big part of what helps keep teachers like Erika stay housed with a teacher salary and able to maintain a good life and stay focused on what’s important. Erika shared with us her story and how this program has helped change her life and gave her more motivation to keep giving what she can to her students.