When Patricia Rivers and Oswald Hemphill were victims of an unfair eviction from their apartment, they turned to their Meals on Wheels Central Texas Case Manager Morgan Morrison for help – and Morgan turned to BSS+.
Even though Legal Aid helped Ms. Rivers and Mr. Hemphill win their eviction suit against their old landlord, they still needed a new place to live. Funding from BSS+ allowed the couple to pay a month of past due rent at their previous home as well as the security deposit and first month’s rent at their new place. There was even money to buy some furniture for the unfurnished apartment as well as a portable ramp that allows Ms. Rivers, who uses a wheelchair, to easily get in and out of her new home. Austin Energy PLUS 1 funds were also used to assist the couple with their utility bill
And, they could not be happier with the way things have turned out for them. “It’s a blessing to us. It’s been real good to have someone [like Meals on Wheels Central Texas and BSS+] on our side like that,” says. Mr. Hemphill.