How It All Started
Interfaith Neighbors continues every day to carry out the mission the agency began with nearly 30 years ago.
Our Rental and Mortgage Assistance Department provides funding to individuals and families to pay rents or security deposits or mortgage payments so that they can stay in their homes or move into new ones.
Maura Comer, director of the department, gave some examples from recent times of the families helped each year:
A young single health care worker with four children, all of whom have special needs, lost income when the client she helped care for was hospitalized and no longer needed in-home care. We helped the mother pay her back rent and she is now working again and attending nursing school.
Interfaith assisted a mother and her 12-year-old son after the mom fell behind in her rent due to a recently diagnosed illness. Similarly Interfaith helped a single woman who was living in a motel to move into a senior building after Interfaith paid her security deposit.
We also assisted a mother who was out of work for an extended time after she fractured her foot. She had an 11-year-old son with autism and a 19-month-old toddler. We helped pay two months back rent.
And, in another case, a father was out of work on disability and the mother was injured and unable to work her two jobs. Interfaith paid two months of their mortgage payments. The father has since returned to work.
There are many more cases and the appreciation that comes back to Interfaith is in itself appreciated.
As reported in our 2016 Annual Report, Interfaith Neighbors provided $445,514.42 in financial assistance to 367 family units or 654 individuals in 2016 with an average payout of $1,668.59 per family. Funding came from state and county grants, congregations, and private and corporate donations.
Security deposits continued to be a main need of families seeking to line up a place to rent.
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