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You hear of bidding wars when it comes to buying real estate, but not often when it comes to renting. Especially affordable rentals. But that’s what happened to Ray.
For four years, he rented a room he felt safe in. He always paid his rent and never had any problems. The location and room were perfect for him to stay independent in spite of being confined to a wheelchair. There was just enough money left each month from his Social Security check to buy food and essentials.
But then, someone offered Ray’s landlord more money to rent his room. There was no way Ray could afford the increase.
“I came home one day, she locked the door on me,” said Ray. “I slept in the park that night. I don’t like being on the street. It’s tough.”
When we met Ray, he was in line for a meal at Cityteam. In addition to a good, hot meal, we were able to make room for Ray in our emergency shelter so he had the chance to get out of the cold. Our case workers got to work finding him a new place that he could afford so that he could return to his independent lifestyle.