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    Lisa

    I’ve rented the same house for 14 years, making great relationships with my neighbors, and my children have grown up in this house, treating it as if we were the owners. Now my first grandson is about to be born in October. My rent has never been late, not one month. Always paid in full, on time, and I was just given 90 days to move. If there is any property available for rent in my city, owners flagrantly take $55.00 per adult to run fake credit history and profit more than the monthly rent itself! Leaving the property vacant for months, with no intention of accepting a desperate family in need of shelter.

  • Paul

    My name is Paul and I’m 58 years old. I have COPD and I’m disabled. My girlfriend and I were renting a trailer and told that we had it as long as we wanted it. Two and half months later, the trailer was sold, and we weren’t aware of it till 5 young guys in their 20s said leave now or we throw you out. So we had to walk 8 miles to my brother’s house. We went to get my things, and they were already moving in and destroying our stuff. They sold my riding mower that I had just bought. I lost all my clothes everything.

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  • Jamey

    The coronavirus and all the horrible things it’s destroying in our world has hit me hard. I’m a single, 55 year old woman living in Buffalo, Missouri. I had only been out on my own a few weeks when the coronavirus hit. I had been working 40 plus hours a week at my job. I was cut down to 23 or less. Never able to get unemployment. I just barely made more than allowed, so I wasn’t able to get any money.

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  • Mr. and Mrs. Schlueter

    We were evicted on Monday. Only one eviction notice was given to us, on Thursday at 10 a.m. We have no place to go. We have an 8-year-old and 2-year-old. We are on the streets and our stuff is still sitting outside of the trailer. Don’t know where we’re going to put it. No money. My wife works as a home care person, taking care of people who are in need and not making a whole lot of money. We were struggling to make a living for our girls. One of their birthdays is coming up on August 18th, and we have no house to celebrate her birthday in. We’re going to celebrate her birthday on the streets.

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  • Dorilynette

    I lost my apartment on August 1st and I have not been working since May. I am now living in a motel, without knowing where I will be in 2 weeks without the stimulus check. I, as well as many many, need this help!!!!! I lost everything I worked hard for and it’s killing me!! Please hear the cry for help! Half the world shouldn’t have to think of where we will be in a day, a week, or a month!!! It’s scary going through this not knowing where to go or what to do.

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    Mario

    All I can say is I’ve been out of my place and homeless for over four years. I do have income. It’s that rent is so high, and as many times as I have contact resourcing, they have never helped.

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    Toney

    Hi. I was evicted almost a year ago. It was a miscommunication issue, so I didn’t know my rights. I am currently homeless. I travel city to city hitchhiking. I sleep in parking lots on benches. I have a mental and physical disorder. It is hard being female on the streets. I have fear of being assaulted every day. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to tell my story.

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    Sandra

    Here is my story. My landlord is a slum lord. He is always on time for the rent, he will cough, sneeze, clear his throat to let me know he is out side my door. He don’t want money orders, he want cash, from the time I moved in he was supposed to fix the dishwasher from holding water and stinking, the kitchen cabinets from water log damage, the washer and dryer connection. When you turn on the water to wash it leaks on the floor in the wash room and in the dining room.

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    Marlaina

    I am a single mom of a 7yr old. Her dad has never paid anything. The court even made his payment to be $60 a month for 3 months and gave him that time to get a job. A job which he never got. I also am an only child and my dad had a major stroke, so I am the sole caregiver for him. I am also disabled due to getting hit by a car.

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    Alesia

    I am writing you to let you know that my husband, who is a senior citizen, lost his job on March 7, 2020. My husband is 65 years old, and he worked in places across Miami, Florida. He goes to different office buildings asking attorneys, judges and business professionals to let him shine their shoes and do shoe repairs. He has been doing this for the last 40 years, and we have been getting by with his tips to pay our rent. My husband works directly with the public, face to face communication, and now the job he has done for so long he won’t be able to do anymore because the COVID 19 pandemic.

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  • Christopher

    I receive SSI assistance. In the month of December, I was charged an additional $42.00 for electricity. I lived in subsidized housing. I was unable to pay this expense along with my rent. I offered to pay the difference at the beginning of the year. I’d been there for a year with no issues. I had never been late, missed, or deferred a payment of any kind on my rental agreement. I was not paid until January 19th, which happened to be the day before my birthday. My birthday came, and having been without a dime to my name for over a month, I was extremely excited to receive my check. Soon as it was deposited into my account, I attempted to pay my rent and the overage from the month before. (more…)

  • Raul

    A place on Orwood St. was owned by a single lineage till 2019 when foreclosure stole it from a family of four. My family (currently in occupation) came to call this property home in January 2017 after battling homelessness and separation for approximately 3yrs. As we were just getting on our feet from unemployment, and the rent prices were increasing, we would find ourselves back into an emotional overload. The employer that made it possible for me to reunite with my family after 2+yrs of living vagrant terminated me for basically being homeless.

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    Penny

    I am currently living in a home and was living with my landlord / roommate up until May. I am located south of Tampa, and she started a new job in Melbourne on the opposite coast. I took care of her dogs for a month and still paid my rent. (more…)

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    Jaterrica

    Hi my name is Jaterrica, I’m 36 years old and this is my story. It all started out when I had me an apartment and my best friend got arrested. I didn’t know what had happened, so I went to go find her. We was living in an 3 bed apartment complex, and when I got there to see what happened, out of nowhere this cop arrested me for no reason. I fought my case and had to pay $200 to have my record expunged. Ended up losing my place to stay because I was arrested for no reason, so the judge couldn’t help me keep my place. I got evicted from my apartment. I went from home to home with my son. Then I ran into some people that said they was going to help me, and me being the kind person that I am, I asked them can they help me and my friend because she had a child too. Only to find out the friend I was helping would cause me to lose a place for me and my son to lay our heads. And here it is we are homeless now, in a place we don’t really know about, all because she was too selfish to follow the rules which jeopardized our place. The place we live in now is not stable or livable for me or my son, but they insist we pay rent for an unstable place. No jobs are hiring right now due to the COVID-19. And they expect me to come up with rent. I am not able to come up with that type of money before July 1.

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    Vera

    Back in March I was going to hold rent till my landlord would fix 3 windows that are so old and glued shut. My son’s window only has glass on top, and it’s the only screen and storm window. All the outlets are as old as the building, and when the shower water rose past ankles, my landlord said she would send her son over to do what needs to be done. So on March 4th, he shows up, and i tell him what needs to be fixed he say ok, he will come back tomorrow. On the 10th of March i get eviction notes for April. I was told by the tenants downstairs my landlord doesn’t have this place down as rentals, and that she did the same thing to a few other tenants that lived here. All because we asked for things to be fixed. I have to be out next month and to rent a two bedroom is crazy. Over a thousand dollars first and last months rent its hard and lots of places do not allow pets.

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