Help Sal Move Into A New Apartment

 

 

I met Sal in August of 2020 during a district-wide clean up event. We had taken a break outside a corner store and he was leaning on a mailbox with a sandwich, asking us what we were doing. After chatting for a bit, he mentioned that he had been living in a shelter for the past year but had just moved into a small studio apartment that a distant relative owned. Sal has been through a lot; multiple family members passed away in a short period of time and he sunk into a deep depression that ended his marriage. With nowhere else to turn, he ended up in the NYC shelter system. Along the way, he found a passion & talent for singing Frank Sinatra-style music and has been making a living performing on street corners, in Central Park, and at some local restaurants.

 

Just as he was starting to rebound and get on a better path, the relative who was renting to him let him know she is planning to sell the apartment and he must move out by August 14th. This came as a shock to Sal and he now has just under a month to find a new place to live. To make matters worse, Sal is currently unable to perform due to a back injury. With performing live as his only means of income at this time, Sal is in need of assistance to help pay for moving costs and a deposit on his next apartment.

 

You can read more about Sal's story in this article from W42ST magazine

 

Sal was also featured in a news story by CBS's Dave Carlin about conditions in the temporary hotel shelters which you can watch above.

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Catie Savage 
Organizer
New York, NY
Sal Salomon 
Beneficiary