Lacy came to Family Promise in late November when she wasn’t sure of where she was going to turn next. She felt that her family was out of options and may have to move far from the area. Away from the rest of their family and friends. The only other option was to split up their family and hold out for little likelihood of finding a new place. Lacy’s family consists of herself, her husband Ray, 3 wonderfully artistic children, and 3 beautiful dogs. Unfortunately, most places including our shelter won’t accept pets. One of her children has education requirements that had not been met until the professionals at Sparta School were able to accommodate with their resources and excellent staff.
The home that Lacy lived in needed repair. The relationship between the family and the landlord was also falling apart. Income was already tight, and the strain of the Holidays was nearly unbearable. The city had put a hold on declaring the property unfit for living for the time being. With some repairs, the house would be in suitable shape. The family was behind on rent and did not fully understand how to handle this situation. They were served with eviction in early January.
Immediately we began working with community partners, the City of Sparta, and the landlord. We were able to cure the rent in arrears and negotiate a plan with the city to give the landlord a chance to make repairs. We also renewed the relationship between the landlord and Lacy’s family. After everyone came to the table we got to witness as Lacy and Ray signed their new lease. We are all very thankful to have been part of such a wonderful outcome. The Holidays were full of ups and downs but the future is now looking much brighter with renewed hope for everyone involved.