Experiencing homelessness is a challenging and terrible experience for people at any age. For senior citizens, the experience of growing older combined with finding affordable housing can worsen health and social challenges.
Homeless seniors commonly struggle due to a lack of money or insurance to pay for medical treatment.
Getting to public assistance programs can also be a gargantuan task for homeless elders with limited mobility.
Age also puts people at further risk for complications of the coronavirus pandemic.
Though Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid provide financial stability for some, not all people have enough money to have a stable place to live.
When a Social Security check is the only income, paying rent, along with food bills, utilities and medicines, is a strain on aging America.
Charlotte was facing an affordable housing crisis before COVID-19. The situation has only become more challenging for those who lost jobs, had their income reduced or suffered a health crisis due to the pandemic. Many now find themselves on the verge of homelessness.
The need for help in Carolina communities continues to grow because of the financial ramifications of the novel coronavirus.
To assist our neighbors in need, WSOC-TV is partnering with Crisis Assistance Ministry to help 9 Crisis Help raise funds for those who are struggling amid the economic downturn.
9 Crisis Help’s mission is to give help and hope to people with limited financial resources.
On Sept. 4, 2020, the federal government issued a moratorium on evictions for tenants, lessees or residents of residential properties to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order prohibits residential landlords nationwide from evicting certain tenants through March 31, 2021.
The current eviction moratorium offers temporary protection. It may or may not be extended again, but when it does eventually expire, renters will be held responsible for all unpaid rent or mortgage payments.
The difficulties people have making rent, mortgage and utility payments lead to spikes in foreclosures and evictions. Many renters and residents do not know their rights or are not able to advocate for themselves in court. This is a heavy weight for many families to carry.
Crisis Assistance Ministry, a resource aiding those in need, recognizes that keeping a family in a home is far less expensive than getting a new home for a family who has lost one. You can offer timely assistance to families facing eviction due to the pandemic.
Crisis Assistance Ministry provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crises, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.
If you have an inspiring story to share, email Kevin Campbell, WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV/Telemundo Charlotte public affairs manager, at Kevin.Campbell@wsoctv.com.