Posted: Fri, September 28 2012 at 7:13 PM, Updated: Fri, September 28 2012 at 7:49 PM
Thirteen local young adults may lose their homes by the end of the month, if money does not come in ---and soon.
Most of them are women with kids. women like Erin Rusnak and her two year old daughter Cadence-- who both face losing the roof over their heads. The two were homeless and didn't have anyone."I moved here, and I was working, I but didn't have anywhere to go for cadence and I," Rusnak tells us.
That was before she became one of the 18 participants of the Community Works Transitional Living Program."Just hearing we could have an apartment was a huge relief off my shoulders," she continues.
The local agency, uses government funding to help provide subsidized housing for local youth ages 16 to 21. The participants must be enrolled in school or working to be eligible.
"Not alot of people believe in us," Rusnak says. "And when someone does it takes a lot of stress off us."
Currently 13 of them, 3 pregnant women, and 8 with kids, like Erin - face the losing the roof over their heads and going back on the streets.
"Unfortunately, we've had to give our youth notice that they may have to leave their apartments within 30 days," Director of Community Works, Ginger Lee, tells us.
She says the Department of Health and Human services which normally funds the program, has seen recent cutbacks. The changes means her organization often doesn't know if grant money is on it's way. "We were hoping we would get a letter in the mail to let us know if we got it or not," Lee tells us.
At this point they don't know if they will be able to sustain the program any longer.
That delay meaning Erin and Cadence will lose their home within the next 30 days when funds dry up.
"Not a lot of us have anywhere to go. If it was just me, I probably wouldn't be as worried, but it's not, I have cadence. It's a lot scarier. It's really scary," Rusnak says.
If you want to help...grab a pen and paper---here's the information for a donation account set up at People's Bank ---all checks payable to community works tlp account.
The information is on your screen. i'll also post a link on facebook and my story on our website