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Updated: 5:20 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 | Posted: 1:21 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013
By Allison Latos
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A record number of people in Charlotte are about to be kicked out of their homes.Eyewitness News reported in July that Crisis Assistance Ministry worried cuts to unemployment benefits would leave families struggling to pay their bills.When Alvin Williams lost his job as a mortgage analyst last summer, his family fell on hard times. Then when lawmakers trimmed unemployment benefits earlier this summer, he couldn't stay afloat."My benefits ended in June and I had rent to pay, a water bill and utilities," said Williams. "It was just too much."Williams faced eviction until he turned to Crisis Assistance Ministry."I was really at the point of despair," he said. "I didn't know what to do. I was referred to Crisis but I didn't even think they could help me."Williams isn't alone. The nonprofit believes state cuts are one reason they're seeing a record number of families who could end up on the streets."Forty-seven families are coming (today) for rental assistance because they're at risk to be evicted very shortly if they don't receive assistance," said spokeswoman Tovi Martin.Martin said now they're changing staffing to handle the extra appointments."We have tried to adjust our models to make sure we have enough people on hand to take care of people in urgent need who might be evicted today," Martin said.Williams hopes one of his three job interviews this week will pan out.In the meantime, he's thankful Crisis Assistance saved him."Without them, I hate to imagine where my family would be," Williams said.The agency's funding is stable but they worry the increased need will be a strain.You can contact Crisis Assistance Ministry for help or to donate by calling 704-371-3001, or click here.
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