Danielle Moffitt received an eviction notice from her apartment complex in Lebanon when she wasn’t able to pay rent in October 2014.
Moffitt, a single mom who worked at a preschool, thought she could find another place to live. But months later, she was still looking for a rental that would accept her HUD voucher. At first, they stayed in a friend’s dining room. Then Moffitt moved in with her parents, but the landlord would only allow her to stay for a short time.
Four months of searching had taken its toll. Moffitt lost her job. Her daughter, 7, missed a lot of school.
With the deadline to move out of her parents’ place approaching, Moffitt caught a break. A rental with a nice backyard would accept her housing voucher. She just needed $800 for the deposit, which wasn’t covered by HUD.
Moffitt turned to Community Services Consortium, an agency that had previously helped her parents with housing assistance. The consortium helps low- and moderate-income renters and homeowners avoid eviction or find affordable housing. Education is also available to teach renters and homeowners how to prevent housing instability.
Community Services Consortium could pay a portion of Moffitt’s deposit, and a new grant from Samaritan would cover the rest.
When Moffitt heard they could move in, she started crying and then ran to tell her daughter.
“It was such a relief,” Moffitt . “I am so grateful to Samaritan.”
In 2014, Community Services Consortium paid approximately $175,000 to local landlords on behalf of people in the community for rental assistance or move-in expenses. This included 104 households total, with 50 for homeless veteran families.
The consortium is made up of Samaritan Health Services, Albany Helping Hands, Community Outreach Inc., Fish of Albany and Lebanon, Get Ready Lincoln City, Lebanon Basic Services, and St. Vincent de Paul.