A call to serve those facing eviction

A call to serve those facing eviction

When Crisis Assistance Ministry put out a call for help to the community to assist with home outreach visits, nine members of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. stepped up ready to serve.

With the task of visiting the homes of 65 Mecklenburg County families facing eviction, the sorority members traversed the town to provide resources, applications and legal aid contact information to help potentially resolve the families’ cases.

“Families with whom successful contact was made were grateful for the outreach,” said Tchernavia Montgomery, chief program officer at Crisis Assistance Ministry.

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The families had received writs of possession prior to the coronavirus pandemic and were scheduled to be served once the county’s eviction moratorium ended.

Over the next month, Crisis Assistance Ministry expects an unprecedented emergency for those who have lost their jobs or had their work hours cut amid the crunching economic downturn and financial repercussions the virus has caused.

Crisis Assistance Ministry provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.

The combination of difficulties people have paying rent, mortgages, utility payments, spikes in foreclosures and evictions, asserting tenant's rights, homelessness and a second wave of the coronavirus this winter will weigh heavily on tens of thousands of families.

WSOC-TV has launched 9 Crisis Help. The funds collected will go directly to Crisis Assistance Ministry to help people pay essential bills.

If you have an inspiring story to share, email Sinead Taylor, WSOC-TV community affairs specialist, at Sinead.Taylor@wsoc-tv.com.