CASE 42 • Ms. K is a mother of three daughters — ages 2, 10 and 15 — and two sons, 1 and 11. Ms. K and her husband both lost their jobs recently. One Sunday, they came home to find that their ceiling had caved in, revealing black mold, which was concerning because two of their children have asthma. The family can’t afford to move, because they lack money for application fees and deposits. They also need help paying for utilities, transportation and housing.
CASE 43 • Ms. K, 41, recently moved her family to St. Louis to distance them from her psychologically and emotionally abusive husband. Ms. K is blind and has five daughters under age 10 and a son, 17. She also cares for her 17-year-old godson. They currently live with a relative. The family needs money for clothes, rent, utilities, school fees, a storage unit where they keep their belongings, groceries, transportation and medicine. Ms. K would also like gifts for the children.
CASE 44 • Mr. D, 59, has been homeless for 20 years. He recently moved into a boarding house. He is glad to have a roof over his head, but the boarding house has a severe bedbug infestation and no washer or dryer. Mr. D. has to give the boarding house his entire disability check in order to stay there. He sleeps on the floor in a sleeping bag despite suffering from a degenerative back disease, goes to a local food pantry for meals and washes his clothes in the sink at a nearby gas station. He would be grateful to have an air mattress, cleaning supplies and money for clothes.
Case profiles by Annika Merrilees and Rachel Rice of the Post-Dispatch.