Angela Harper lived among squalid conditions in the Economy Inn in the Gantt area of Greenville County for a year. She was struggling with drug addiction and working a low-paying job.

When the motel was condemned in January, Harper, 53, received help from the Greenville Homeless Alliance. She got a better-paying job. She moved into transitional housing. She began the rehabilitation process and has been sober for months.

Her stimulus money helped, too. The three checks she received helped her secure permanent housing, where she’ll be able to live with her son who’s paralyzed. She went on a trip to Charleston for four days — her first vacation in 15 years.

“I can see above water,” Harper said. “I’m not stressing about nothing.”

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