CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Samira Shropshire will never forget how she felt when she received her first eviction notice.
“I cried and I cried and I cried, I called my mom and I thought, ‘It’s over. I’m going to be homeless, ”she said.
Shropshire has been fired from her customer service post due to the pandemic.
The mother of two was unemployed, but this money was not enough for the rent.
“I split the unemployment money between putting half on my rent, half on my gasoline, half on my electricity, and eventually I fell back,” Shropshire said.
Shropshire said she felt like she had no choice but to leave her home.
That was until she found out about the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland which helps low-income families with a number of issues, including evictions.
“Finding the money to pay all the back wages, it was around $ 7,000 and they’re still paying right now, I’m so blessed and grateful,” Shropshire said.
Melanie Shakarian of Legal Aid says there are currently thousands of Northeastern Ohio residents facing homelessness, especially now that the deportation ban has expired.
She says people need to know there is hope for them.
“We really encourage people to call us early so they get the help they need with their eviction case and have access to the important rent assistance and actually assert their rights as a tenant,” Shakarian said.
As for Shropshire, she says she hopes her story will help others on the verge of homelessness.
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