We were able to keep Steven from being evicted and homeless for the first time in his life, just 2 days after his 63rd birthday.
Thanks to Charisse Mercado and Lisa Lyon at Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, we were connected with Mr. Rogers. He had experienced the illness and death of his mother and his own multiple surgeries all over a period of several months in 2017. Steven had been a great resident, paying rent timely and not in violation of his lease over the few years of his tenancy. He had enough income in VA benefits to cover his monthly rent and overhead. All he needed was a hand up to keep him from having an eviction on his record for the first time in his life and ending up homeless. In fact, he told us that because he’d been let down so many times, he had pre-paid a week at a local motel and was arranging to have someone help him move his things into a storage space 3 days before the Sheriff was going to lock him out. It goes without saying that having an eviction on his record gave him little chance of renting anything reasonable again. He did his part, got us everything we require, and his property manager was able to confirm the facts we needed. We were able to step in and keep Steven from being evicted on May 7, 2018, just 2 days after his birthday. We salute you, sir, and thank you for your service to our country. We couldn’t be more proud to be able to move quickly and keep you in your apartment!
As an Army veteran, there were programs out there through organizations that help veterans which I contacted, however, none of them could help me because I didn’t qualify.
Resident Relief Foundation has given me hope that there are people dedicated to help those out there like myself and have the genuineness to actually help. In 2017 I had a series of financial traumas with my mother and myself that I couldn’t overcome. Consequently, my rent had fallen behind and I couldn’t pay it. I decided to seek help. As an Army veteran, there were programs out there through organizations that help veterans which I contacted, however, none of them could help me because I didn’t qualify.
I plan to make efforts to see that this foundation be recognized as an institution who have proved that they are here to help.
Fortunately, I contacted the L.A. Homeless Services Authority who actually couldn’t help me but was able to refer me to RRF and after a week, RRF was able to cure my eviction and lifted a tremendous burden off my shoulders. I was about to be evicted and homeless for the first time in my life. Not only do I thank Ms. Oswald but the entire organization for their efforts. I plan to make efforts to see that this foundation is recognized as an institution that has proven that they are here to help. I am forever grateful to have been introduced to them.
Thank you once again Resident Relief Foundation!
UPDATE January 2021: We’re thrilled to report that more than 3 years later, Steven is still living in that same apartment paying his rent on time just like he did before his overwhelming, temporary financial emergency.