Crisis Assistance Ministry, grassroots effort helps people facing hotel evictions

CHARLOTTE — Some families hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic are facing eviction from local hotels, an Channel 9 has been getting calls about this problem for days.

On Wednesday, a local man living in a North Charlotte hotel told us he lost his job at a local restaurant due to COVID-19. He said this week he realized he wouldn’t have enough money to remain at the hotel, where he and his 5- and 6-year-old children were staying.

Eventually, Crisis Assistance Ministry was able to help him pay his bill for the next few weeks.

A spokesperson for Crisis Assistance Ministry said the organization was using money from the United Way and donors to help families facing eviction from hotels. They said people in need should call 211, leave a message with their name, contact information and the hotel they’re staying in.

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Afterwards, they said workers would call the hotel and work to get the person in need assistance.

Local residents Derrick and Tanise Love also stepped forward to help. They launched a grassroots campaign called “Give Buy Hi.”

By Wednesday they had raised more than $1,100 to help local families. They even helped a young mother who was facing eviction.

"She's a mother of a small infant, a 6-month-old, who literally by 11 a.m. today would have been on the streets (had it not been for the generous donation),” said Tanise Love.

CLICK HERE To give to Crisis Assistance Ministry and you can participate in the “Give Buy Hi” fundraiser by going here.