One young lady has3 children and has been homeless since 6/2017. She was displaced due to her daughter's mental wellness. She moved in with a friend a couple of months ago as she supported her daughter's journey of healing. The individual she was staying with became physical and mentally abusive to her children.
She has been working with Grayson Consulting, LLC--ME :-) and has secured a job and housing. NOW we need to help her with her security deposit of $600. We were able to get first month's rent via emergency assist grant via Aberg and a church.
The second family consists of 2 children and a mom. Her car broke down and it cost $800 to fix the car. She had $500 saved and used $300 of her rent money. She also had to rent a car to get to work because she lives in Sun Praire and works downtown Madison.
She has reached out to Tenant Resources (who can't help until the eviction is filed, of course, she would like to avoid that because it impacts her ability to rent later). According to Aberg, she makes just over the limit for the program but not enough to afford an emergency.
One family EVERYone knows them so I won't discuss their situation because you may be able to figure out who they are. It's important that folks stay anonymous. However, what I will say is she IS always front and center in helping folks in our community. She needs $650.
The other two families are in similar situations except one of the families eviction has been filed and she needs to come up with $785 in addition to the support she's receiving from Tenant Resources.
Reports show that between 2000 and 2015 there were 40,439 eviction court cases initiated in Dane County, Wisconsin, with an average of 2,527 cases per year. With race being the most important factor according to Evicted In Dane County (collaborative examination of the housing).
For Madison's poorest renters — particularly black women — evictions are disturbingly common, trapping us in a cycle of poverty leading to long-lasting repercussions on employment, health, relationships, and overall stability.
“Eviction is fundamentally changing the face of poverty,” One way we can interpret eviction is like, ‘Oh, it’s a result of irresponsibility, it’s bad spending habits.’ But if ... you’re spending 80 percent of your income on rent, eviction is much more of an inevitability than an irresponsibility.”
Let's do what we do best MADISON and surrounding areas; let's make sure these families do not end up on the street.
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