Kenia Madrigal found herself in a situation many could easily find themselves in with just one job loss or illness.
This Houston mother found herself homeless with nowhere to go, along with her four children ranging in ages 11, 8, 3, and 1.
“The 2019 Homeless Count & Survey shows that we can expect to see 3,938 people experiencing homelessness at any given moment in the Houston region,” states the Coalition for the Homeless.
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“Since June, I don’t have a place to live,” said Madrigal to Univision 45. “I have stayed with some friends, but with four children it’s too much for one person, so I am not able to stay long.”
According to a GoFundMe account, Madrigal was laid off at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown and denied unemployment, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and unable to find work for months.
Madrigal was able to find another job during this time, but the pay is only $11.50 an hour and not enough to cover rent or other housing, according to a report by ABC13.
Madrigal spent many nights in her small SUV with her children after being evicted from their home.
In less than 24 hours, after her co-worker set up the GoFundMe account, the outpouring of support Madrigal has received went from an initial goal of $800 to over $60,000 raised for this young mother.
“These funds will go towards a safe home for Kenia and her children. They will also fund her children’s education for this new virtual school year,” stated the GoFundMe page.
According to ABC13, nonprofits such as Kids’Meal Inc., and Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) reached out offering their assistance to Madrigal.
“My goal was to get enough to get into a place, and now I can actually give them a home,” said Madrigal.
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