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New Event Looks To Keep Low Income Residents From Being Evicted

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LANSING MICH. (WLNS) -

Imagine facing an eviction notice, and having no water or electricity in your home as the weather turns colder. For some people in Lansing, that's the reality they're living with right now, like Elsa Reyna.

"I sit and cry and cry and cry. I read my bible ask the lord, ok, we're here one more day," said Reyna.

Reyna is trying to figure out how to pay her rent and utilities and has until the end of them month to get the money.

"I'm scrounging around, scrounging around trying to figure out, we're about to be homeless in the winter," said Reyna.

She's one of hundreds of low-income Lansing Residents who could face eviction, but some organizations are trying to change that today.  

"Its more than giving people a free ride today," said Joan Jackson Johnson, director of human relations for the City of Lansing. "There's a lot tied with it in terms of the educational component, the financial empowerment, financial counseling."

The Lansing housing commission along with Department of Human Services and the city of Lansing are holding an event to people figure out their options so they don't end up on the street.

"At the end of the day I hope to see 50 families who are facing imminent eviction, no longer facing eviction," said Patricia Baines-Lake, executive director at the Lansing Housing Commission. "Being safe and secure in the thought their housing will be there for them in the next year, next two years."

The event is the first of its kind, hoping the lower the homeless rate in Lansing.

"All of these community service providers who are in need in one place and have one stop shopping where we can address their issues is a first," Baines-Lake.

If successful, these organizations hope to pair up again in the coming months to help more people in need.  

If you missed the event and need assistance, call the human relations department at the city of Lansing at 517-483-4477 after you've applied for the state emergency relief form from the department of human services.

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