Raleigh, N.C. — People continue to struggle to keep a roof over their head in this pandemic.
There is money available to help, but the problem can be getting it to the people who are hurting.
An eviction clinic in Raleigh Saturday worked to connect the two.
Wake County residents in need due to COVID-19 applied for rent and utility assistance.
“People are losing jobs. Shortage of pay,” said Annette Boyd who came seeking aid.
Dezora McClain says she works two jobs and even still, the light bill is past due.
“I work hard, I work hard every day. I barely have time to spend with my family anymore because I am doing doubles,” said McClain.
In Wake County, getting federal pandemic relief aid to people is not always easy.
More than 2500 applications have been approved since March, but more than three times as many are still being processed.
One reason, many who apply do not have all the documentation required.
“A lot of people are just happy to have questions answered. A lot of time, the breakdown is in communication,” said Wanda Hunter with Crosby Advocacy Group.
Hunter is an advocate helping at the clinic.
“We had a line out here before we even finished setting up,” said Hunter.
McClain doesn’t know if her application will be approved yet, but was happy to have someone sit down with her and walk her through the process.
“I said, ‘Wow.’ I was just telling the lady how thankful and grateful I was of them for being here to help me,” said McClain.
Some say the federal aid is not getting out fast enough.
House Wake! has distributed $35.5 million out of the $100 million they were given by the federal government to hand out.
The federal aid must be spent by September 2025.
Organizers hope to hold more clinics in the future.