GLENDALE — After living on the streets of Ventura on and off for years, Lygia Rueda De Leon and her family didn't know where to turn.
"We began to feel hopeless and began to give up," she said.
But on Wednesday, De Leon joined with city leaders and Salvation Army officials for the opening of the nonprofit's Chester Village affordable housing development, where De Leon now lives with her husband, three children and grandchild.
She said moving into a place they could call home was a dream come true.
"Now we are able to make better choices and provide a stable life for our family," she said.
De Leon's family — which was matched with the Salvation Army through officials at homeless-services provider PATH Achieve Glendale — was one of four families chosen to live in the nonprofit's new affordable rental housing project for formerly homeless families, located at 615 E. Chester St.