AURORA, Colo. -- An Aurora mother facing the loss of her home after losing her job was relieved to see her little girl safe and secure Wednesday night.
"I want her to concentrate on being a kid I don't want her to worry about ‘it's cold out here,’” Melissa Waldrup said of her 2-year-old daughter Maleah.
Maleah won’t have to worry, thanks to the kindness of FOX31 viewers.
Waldrup lost her job in November and her husband is working as hard as he can. They have struggled to play catch-up on rent for three months and have been holding on, but weren’t going to have enough money by a Wednesday deadline to prevent being evicted.
Just minutes after the Problem Solvers story about their situation aired, viewers responded to a GoFundMe page, providing the $1,075 the family needed to stay in their home.
The bulk of the money came from one donor, with the total being close to $1,400.
“I don't even remember breathing," Waldrup said. "I remember crying and just saying someone paid it, oh my God.”
She said she is grateful to those who donated, and looks forward to thanking the main donor in person next week.
Waldrup found a job that has her take two buses for 90 minutes to get to each day, but said she will do whatever it takes to stay ahead.
The landlord is well within his right to demand payment. The management said they have worked with agencies to help struggling residents, but must be fair and have the same rule for everyone.
Fair housing advocates have advice to help protect your family.
- Understand payment polices and rules about late fees
- Know how an eviction works and the fees for reinstating a lease
- Register for assistance immediately if you start slipping behind
Here are a few resources for families in need.
Colorado Affordable Legal Services
Tenants' rights website
Brothers Redevelopment - Housing Connects
Colorado Housing Connects website
Denver code enforcement
If a tenant has an issue like no heat or pests or other code violations, they can file a complaint through 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for housing
Colorado Housing Search website
This is a portal that lists affordable properties throughout the state. It details whether units accept vouchers or not.
Fair housing advocates say to protect your family, understand payment polices and rules about late fees. Know how an eviction works and the fees for reinstating a lease and most importantly, register for assistance immediately if you start slipping behind. Here are a few resources for families in need: