Help Tina and Families Like Hers Avoid Homelessness
Tina's 6 little boys. 6 good reasons to take this action.
When a custodial parent flees an abusive spouse, she/he shouldn't have to fight to get subsidized housing. Rent arrearages to other housing authorities often become a barrier to the parent with her/his children trying to resettle in another area, with homelessness--expensive and devastating--becoming inevitable.
The Violence Against Women Act hints at protections, but doesn't come out and say if a parent flees an abusive spouse they should not be burdened by previous housing debt. Clearer guidance could include this common situation.
Mayor Ken Miyagishima of award winning Las Cruces, NM has expressed concern for Tina, the beleaguered mother of (now) 6 children who has been homeless in the city whose motto is "People Helping People." He is over the housing authority. He could urge them to grant a waiver for Tina and her family and set an example for other communities to follow.
He could help by:
1) Convincing the Housing Authority of Las Cruces to take into consideration the fact that both parents should be responsible for the rent arrearages, and that they should overlook Tina's share in lieu of keeping her and her kids from becoming homeless again.
2) If #1 fails, finding a local lawyer to advocate pro bono for Tina's family, STAT!
3) Contacting HUD to urge provisions for custodial parents in abusive situations who are trying to keep their families from being (more expensive, and more devastating) homeless.
4) Urging the out-of-state housing authority to waive Tina's share of debt.
Tina's family isn't the only one experiencing this plight. She's willing to speak up about it. It's time to lend her a hand.
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