Please help this writer/arts advocate if you are able

Posted on November 14, 2007


Emily Brown

266 12th Street #10, Brooklyn NY 11215

718-832-2310 * emilyholi…


I’ve just received an eviction notice dated 11/09/07 which gives me 6 days
to vacate the premises. This creates an emergency situation for me because
I’ve been out of work for quite a while, although I’ve been very actively
looking for work for many months. I’m in the middle of a divorce; my husband
and I have been separated for over a year. He was paying my rent on my
current apartment until March of this year, but then stopped paying my rent
with very little notice (basically, a week before the April rent was due, he
told me he wouldn’t pay it). I fell into arrears with the rent because I
don’t have any savings, have no friends or family who can help with
expenses, and to make a long story short, I applied for public assistance
over the summer. However, they lost the paperwork in late July, and in early
August, I had to go to Housing Court. I wasn’t able to get a lawyer to help
represent me, but was offered a stipulation agreement by the landlord and
his lawyer that forgave the arrears on the rent and gave me until the end of
October to remain in the apartment rent-free while I made arrangements to
relocate, with the option of staying through to the end of November provided
I paid the November rent of $1,248.89 by October 31. I still haven’t been
able to find work, so I haven’t been able to pay the November rent, and
although I’m in the middle of reapplying for public assistance, they won’t
provide me with an emergency loan to cover the November rent because they’ll
only provide emergency assistance if you haven’t already been essentially
evicted. Meanwhile, I’m scrambling to get my property packed up as quickly
as possible; I need the full month to finish getting everything packed up
and make arrangements to either get it into storage or find another
apartment. I’ve sent the landlord a fax telling him I’m seeking a loan to
cover the month’s rent. I’ve been calling every social service agency I can
find trying to find out if there’s anywhere I can get an emergency loan to
cover this month’s rent as soon as possible, and I’m in a bind because I’ve
left dozens of messages and haven’t been getting many responses.

Briefly, can you advise me what to do? This is a real emergency for me; I
don’t want to lose my property, I’m living in dread of having the marshal
show up at my door, and I’m doing everything I can think of to find work,
get a loan, and pack simultaneously. I’m also terrified of becoming
homeless. HRA has told me that they can help with the first month’s rent,
security deposit and possibly moving expenses on a new apartment PROVIDED I
find a new place, obtain a written estimate for these expenses, and have an
income to cover subsequent rent payments after the first month.

Thanks for your assistance, and I look forward to hearing from you. I can be
reached by phone at 718-832-2310, or by email at emilyholi…


Emily Brown

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