This family had been homeless in 2016 and worried that would be their fate again because of the pandemic. She had been out of work for months but had just secured a job working from home making enough income to cover expenses moving forward and yet, was about to be evicted due to a past-due balance of four months of rent ($3,400) that she had no way of paying. She was approved the week before Christmas 2020.
Here's what she had to say to us:
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for everything you've done to help me and my family. This pandemic has proven to be quite a trying time for us and there were instances where I honestly didn't know how we were going to make it through. I struggle with finding the words to express the level of hopelessness that I've felt during the last six or seven months, not knowing if I would be able to keep a roof over my children's heads or provide the basic necessities. It's been beyond rough, and I thought I would never get myself out of the financial disaster that this pandemic has placed me in.
With the help of your program, I am able to breathe freely again. The financial counseling and assistance you've provided us have helped my family regain a sense of security that I feared we would not be able to attain any time soon. I'm back working and can now move forward without the heavy burden of months of debt to catch up on. This program has been a godsend for me and my two children.
I would just like to offer each and every member of the Board of Directors and the RRF staff, my deepest gratitude and most heartfelt thank you, for providing this opportunity for my family. The work you all are doing for families during their most difficult of times is just amazing, and I can't express enough, how much we really and truly appreciate it. You've provided a light at the end of the dark tunnel, and I will make sure that I use this opportunity to place my family in a much better position financially.
Again, thank you all so very, very much. I don't know what we would've done without you. God bless you all, and we wish you a very happy new year!!
The pandemic has caused much disruption in so many lives. Here at RRF, we see this every single day since March 16th. By way of comparison, we received 57 applications in the first quarter of 2019. The first quarter of 2020? 1,100 applications! Renters desperately want to pay their rent and landlords desperately want to pay their mortgages. Government has done little to help regular Americans struggling to keep themselves housed as they continue to submit unemployment claims, fight unfair denials, and visit food banks every week. Here is a note from one of those families that, BECAUSE OF YOUR SUPPORT, did not end up in a shelter:
I just want to thank you and your board for the grant to get my rent caught up. I had been searching for months online for help because the local non-profit organizations in my county had run out of funding shortly after the stay at home orders in March took effect. I applied to every job with no luck. When I got the eviction papers I didn’t know what I was going to do.
I found ya’ll online somehow and decided to apply even though in the back of my mind I thought there was no way I would get approved just because of the location, and the amount of past-due rent that was owed. When you guys called me and told me I had been approved I just cried, My 2 daughters and I were 1 day from being put out and we would have more than likely had to go to a shelter, so thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for everything. I have no past due amount for my rent and going forward should have no problems at all with making my payments. Ya’ll gave me the fresh start that I needed.
I will continue to use the personal finance program going forward, there was a lot of information I had no clue about so that will definitely come to good use.
Denis and his family were on the verge of eviction. Denis’ wife only speaks Russian and was a stay-at-home mom for their 3 kids while Denis had a great job. Unfortunately, Denis has Multiple Sclerosis and the treatments were not working for him. He was approved for an experimental stem cell program. He was all set and then found out that his disability benefits would not cover all of the family’s rent and regular living expenses.
We were able to help this family stay in their apartment by subsidizing half his monthly rent for a few months until the stem cell program was finished and he was back to work. He and his family were so grateful not only for the rental assistance but for the financial program we provide. Every month he submitted a budget and bank statements showing progress in expense reduction and financial management. He even joked that he had started to learn to cook.
Because of your donations, we were able to help this family stay in their apartment home and recover from a very trying and stressful time for all 5 of them. Because of your donations, Denis went through the experimental program with FAR less stress and was successful in his treatment goals. We are overjoyed to report that more than 9 months later, they have recovered and are doing well.