She qualified for unemployment benefits, which covered a small portion of her monthly $1,093 rent. However, in April, she received a balance due notification of $5,480 after being unable to meet her full payments each month. She didn’t know what to do. She met with Wesley’s Housing Specialist, who linked her to several community agencies, including DC Social Services (Emergency Rental Assistance Program). Due to her health, it was difficult to travel to her appointments, so our Housing Specialist advocated for her and provided necessary documentation to DC Social Services. Ms. Parker was awarded a $6,000 grant, alleviating a huge burden that was weighing on her mind and wallet.
Ms. Parker is no longer fearful of eviction thanks to the guidance and support from the Housing Specialist and the financial contributions of the community. She is attending her physical therapy appointments, hopeful for the future, and she is awaiting confirmation into a rental subsidy program to further support her as she recovers.