AURORA, Colo. -- An Aurora mother is running out of time, facing the loss of her home after losing her job.
Melissa Waldrup tries to shield her 2-year-old daughter from the cold reality of eviction.
“I want her to concentrate on being a kid I don't want her to worry about ‘it's cold out here," Waldrup said.
Waldrup lost her job in November. Her husband is working temporary jobs. They have struggled to play catch-up on the rent for three months and have been holding on until now.
They face eviction if they can’t provide $1,075 right away. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.
“I don't know what else to do,” Waldrup said.
She found a job earlier in January that she takes two buses for 90 minutes to get to each day.
The family managed to scrape together enough to catch up enough to pay January's rent, but since then, they now face eviction, they must pay next month's rent plus $300 in legal fees.
The FOX31 Problems Solvers contacted the landlord and found he 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 email@example.com
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.