The coronavirus pandemic left millions of Americans out of work. When Donald Trump closed down the American economy, it was like forcing a speeding train to a grinding halt. The result left so many people at risk of going hungry or losing their homes due to their inability to pay rent. Fortunately, good people are out there and they are willing to go above and beyond and help people during their moment of need.
Fortunately, some cities supported renters by putting a moratorium on evictions. This prevented landlords from kicking out tenants for failing to pay rent. For renters in locations that did not offer such support, there were some Good Samaritan landlords who were willing to offer their tenants a helping hand so they wouldn’t be forced into homelessness due to their economic hardship.
Christina Marie found herself in a desperate situation. As a mother of four, she needed to figure out a way to keep her apartment in Saginaw, Michigan. Because her children were not able to go to school because of the virus, Marie had to stay home with them, sacrificing her job in the process.
In her most desperate moment, Marie got a call from her landlord that put her totally at ease.
“SOOO My landlord Alan called me earlier and told me not to worry about rent this month, and we will worry about it later. [I] said okay!”
But the landlord was not done being a generous person.
“Then he asked me if we had food. I told him how I had three packs of meat left and needed to go this week, and he told me, okay, be safe. Then I get a text saying, go to your front porch, please!!! And I see this. I couldn’t tell you how I feel right now for him to do this for my family. My heart is so touched. GOD BLESS YOU.”
Alan, the landlord, gave Marie all the stuff she needed. He loaded up her front porch with food, milk, produce, and even diapers for her little one.
Landlord Nathan Nichols (pictured above) was another such hero. He owns a property in South Portland and found that all of his tenants were struggling to make ends meet because of the pandemic.
“COVID19 is going to cause serious financial hardship for service and hourly workers around the country. Because I have the good fortune of being able to afford it and the privilege of being in the owner class, I just let them know I would not be collecting rent in April. I ask any other landlords out there to take a serious look at your own situation and consider giving your tenants some rent relief as well.”
Landlord Don Stoppe found himself inspired by Nichols. He turned to Facebook to share how he was going to take the Oregon landlord’s advice to heart and do something kind for his tenants.
“Thank you for your thoughtful insight,” Stoppe wrote. “I am drafting a letter to my tenants now.”
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