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    Lisa

    My husband became disabled last year in November. Due to a five month waiting period, we got behind on our rent. We were served notice to quit and got a low income fee attorney. At court we did mediation with landlord’s attorneys. We were approved for a housing voucher, and part of the mediation agreement was our landlord would accept voucher, but my landlord would not accept the voucher because it would not cover the full rent amount. So mediation in court fell through. My husband then got very sick with COVID-19 pneumonia and almost passed away. (more…)

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    Jessica

    I’m a mother of two trying to provide for her family. My kid’s dad past away on October 11, 2019, due to what I believe was an overdose of Ativan. I had demanded they not give him the second dose, but they did anyway. My kids and their dad were best friends, and I had seen him every day of my life for 14 years, then in an instant he was gone. I became the soul provider for us, so there was no time for grieving really. I was working for myself as a handyman, and was pretty behind on rent, so I got help from a church to pay rent up so that I could just focus on providing and not have the stress of eviction.

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  • Ruslan

    Hi, I’m Ruslan, a 32-year-old man who can’t figure out how to get out of a deep financial hole. When I was young, foolish, and full of energy, I was doing great with credit, making stable payments on my cards, with excellent credit history. I decided to buy a dirt bike with my credit, and long story short, I wrecked and couldn’t keep my position at work. This meant different wages, which made me not capable of keeping up with my payments. That’s when everything went downhill.

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  • Candace

    I have lived in my apartment for four years. I have two boys—17 and 7. This is the only home my 7-year-old knows. This is the only place he remembers seeing his father and having racing games with him. His father was murdered in 2017.

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    Noelle

    My husband and I are going to evicted because we’re two months behind on our rent. With no car at the present moment, and my husband being sick and having to go to doctors appointments, it’s not very easy. My husband gets Social Security and SSI. Maybe we will get a break soon and everything will work out for us. Godspeed to everyone in this difficult time.

  • Seren

    I am writing to share my personal story: At age 57, I’m facing eviction and homelessness with severe food and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Crohn’s disease, an ileostomy, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These conditions mean that I’m even more susceptible to contracting COVID-19.

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  • David

    In 2016, I was with my dream girl, living in a 4 bedroom home in a great neighborhood. She was pregnant and working as a nurse, and I was working a side job painting a sign for a new taco restaurant in town. After work one day, I had a terrible headache. When I started towards the front door of the house, I fell over, hitting my head on the concrete driveway. I tried to get up and kept falling over. I had no idea what was happening. The techs arrived and quickly explained I was having a stroke. My brain was hemorrhaging and I was airlifted to Gainesville, where they saved my life and explained to me the severity of my condition. 

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  • Samantha

    With a two-year-old daughter, my partner and I became so terrified as the pandemic got more serious. My partner is a disabled veteran and our daughter is autistic, so I’ve been the only one who could really work, but when the pandemic hit, I couldn’t get my license renewed with the state being shut down. The person that we once saw as a friend, who allowed us to rent from him, quickly turned into the big bad wolf. He wouldn’t give us the chance to pay him. He said he didn’t want our money; he wanted us out. (more…)

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    Nicki

    I am a tenant currently on Section 8 who, because I have health issues and so does my mom whom I help, hasn’t been able to access my mailbox since I had a bad car accident. As a result, my voucher is at risk of being terminated. I can’t find suitable housing for us to move into due to my issues and with the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this and the nonpayment of rent, my landlord is trying to threaten me with eviction if I don’t sign a new lease, so that he can resume getting payments through their assistance, or else I have to move out. (more…)

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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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