Not long after the pandemic hit, Beth’s* employer reduced her position to 32 hours per week. It stayed that way until June when she was furloughed.
“I work five hours a week currently,” Beth said. “They keep me on because they are a small family company and they know I have children. To receive health benefits they put me on five hours a week which I’m thankful for.”
While she was able to file for unemployment, the income has not been enough to cover all her bills. “It is very anxiety ridden because as a single mom I live paycheck to paycheck,” she said. “I don’t have savings or anything.”
By September, she was unable to pay her rent. That same month, she reached out to Housing Assistance after seeing funds were available for households impacted by the pandemic.
She worked closely with Family Services Supervisor Monica Mitchell who was able to secure Beth $4,000 in Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) funding. RAFT is a state program that provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The money went directly to Beth’s landlord, covering the entire rent for September and a little more than half of her rent for the months of October through February.
“This was lifesaving,” Beth said. “It is important to me to be able to pay my bills. I am working as hard as I can to provide for my children, but it has been a struggle.”
While she is uncertain about what the future holds, Beth knows that having a safe, stable place to call home is most important. “It is security,” she said. “Especially when you have children, you have to provide them with a safe place to live.”
*Beth’s name has been changed to protect her identity.
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