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Making a Difference for Families in Crisis

Making a Difference for Families in Crisis
March 12, 2018 Client StoriesUtility AssistanceFood Pantry

“I can’t tell you how often MOM is on my mind and how much I appreciated the help you gave me at one of the worst times of my life. It’s really tough on the psyche when you literally don’t have even one thing in your kitchen cupboards or refrigerator.” This is what we recently heard from Carol, a former client of MOM.

When Carol unexpectedly lost her job, MOM helped her pay her utility bills and provide her with some monetary assistance to pay her rent and avoid eviction. Carol was also able to use the food pantry to feed her family during that stressful time.  After a year of unemployment, Carol now has a full-time, managerial position at a biotech company in Madison, that pays well and enables her to once again feel positive about herself and her future. It was through the support of generous people in our community like you that Carol was able to get another start.

Eviction is a very real threat for so many families MOM serves. The lack of affordable housing coupled with soaring rent and utility costs have hit low-income families hard. Between 1991 and 2013 the percentage of renter households in America dedicating at least half of their income to housing costs rose to 30 percent (Desmond, M., Unaffordable America: Poverty, housing, and eviction. UW Institute for Research on Poverty, March 2015). Obviously, when confronted with additional unexpected costs, such as emergency medical care, auto replacement, etc. a crisis situation can result.

In Dane County, 41% of households are either impoverished or qualify as asset limited, income constrained, employed,͟individuals, just one event away from crisis, according to the United Way of Dane County’s 2016 ALICE report.  Your generosity and compassion allowed MOM to help nearly 300 households in crisis situations, with emergency housing funds, counseling and referral services in 2017.

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