During the pandemic, there came a time where the rent of Victor Washington rent was due for four months. This problem of his begun shortly after he rented a one-bedroom apartment in South Minneapolis last year October.
A blood clot just appeared on his right leg and he had to use his entire paid vacation to heal. Later in December, he contracted Covid. He ended up in the hospital when his breathing became very difficult. Here, he was admitted for 8 days. During this time, he missed his work, and wasn’t getting paid.
Washington had no choice than to contact Andrea Sorum, his landlord, explaining to her that he won’t be able to pay his rent of $1500.
Sorum never made attempts to evict Washington, who happened to be her only tenant. Rather, she had to think of ways of raising money for him to pay up his rent. 38-year-old Sorum said:
He can’t be evicted. He’s sick. He would not be OK.Sorum
Initially, she remembered those people Washington submitted to her as references, and asked if any of them would be willing to help. Sadly, it turned out that most of the people in Washington’s community were also experiencing personal hardship.
I have several friends and family members who have died due to Covid. I’ve experienced more loss than I ever wanted to experience.Washington
His pastor assisted him with $600 but, he needed more. By February, Sorum was owed over $5000.
I haven’t been in a fairytale. We’ve been very honest with each other.Sorum
He updated Sorum about his rental assistance applications through texts and emails. Washinton said:
There’s a lot of misconception with tenants that they just play the system. I use every resource I can to get this bill situated. I do understand that, at the end of the day, she does have bills she has to pay, too.Washington
Finally, Washington’s application was approved in February ferom Hennepin County. He was given $3000, which means he still owed over $2000.
He created a Facebook post on behalf of Washington, requesting donations. Luckily about 15 friends contributed to his rental debt. Now, Washington has paid up his rent and even more till June.