An English student, and friend, of mine finds himself in a deep family crisis. He is being forced to move almost immediately out of his rented home in West Asheville. He works at the WNC Community Health Service (WNCCHS), has done so for about five years, while his two daughters attend Asheville-area schools and have been honor students. He has faithfully studied at the Literacy Council during that time; he has a golden heart and beautiful attitude. His wife also works at WNCCHS.
I do not understand all the circumstances of his eviction – I surmise that he has enjoyed a moderate rental rate and the owner wants to raise the rent and possibly divide the house into smaller apartments – but a beautiful family is in bad circumstances. They are undocumented immigrants from Mexico; he had a secondary-level education there, as well as some higher technical training in business and bookkeeping.
I ask you to use your own networks to determine whether there might be a workable housing situation for this good family. Please let me know if you are aware of available housing, ideally in the Asheville area as his daughters attend school there. I will also contact Homeward Bound to explore solutions there.
Note: he is afraid of trying to assert his tenant rights, because of likely repercussions from his residency status.
We Quakers love to talk about the plight of the oppressed; can we find a way to assist one very real example?