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Women United group working to help people facing evictions

Women United helping people in our community.
Women United helping people in our community.(Women United)
Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 7:21 PM EDT
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SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - The U.S. Department of Labor department is reporting that 310,000 Americans filed for jobless benefits last week. That is a new pandemic-era low.

It goes hand-in-hand with the expiration of the enhanced unemployment benefit program.

There is no more emergency aid for the 12 million unemployed Americans. As all of this unfolds, the federal moratorium on evictions has not been lifted; it’s leaving many people across the state and country worrying how they’ll pay their bills.

Two organizations in south Sarasota County are partnering to help those who are stretched thin and potentially facing eviction.

“Ask for help, don’t go at it alone,” said Nicolette Saunders, chair of Women United.

The battle continues, this time it isn’t for unemployment benefits -- it’s to keep a roof over the heads of working people in our community who can’t make ends meet.

“We can come to agreements,” she said. “Everybody will be happy at the same time providing emotional support for families.”

The team at Women United says the help is for people in what ’s called the “ALICE” population: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. These are people who are technically above poverty level, but can’t earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget.

“Women United is going to be able to actually solve the life problems of some of my clients,” said Robin Stover, with Gulf Coast Legal Services.

“Having the legal aspect there in your back pocket there and fighting for you when you’re sleeping is just a burden that is lifted off of people’s shoulders,” said Saunders.

The team at Gulfcoast Legal Services and Women United have already started helping people.

“I want them to know that there is a place to turn. There is a place to go,” said Saunders.

More information on eviction resources can be found on the Women United webpage.

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