A Landlord’s Foreclosure Puts a Tenant in Trouble

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The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund recently featured this Children’s Aid story about Alice Garvin and how assistance helped her move into a new apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn . Below is an excerpt from the original article.

Foreclosure has touched Alice Garvin’s life twice. The first time, four years ago, she came home to find a notice on the front door of the East New York, Brooklyn, apartment building in which she, her sons and two of her grandchildren had lived for two years.

Alice Garvin, 77, with her granddaughter Jessica Davis and great-grandson
Nahim Natoes, left, and a great-nephew, DeShawn Williams

The second time, foreclosure rescued Ms. Garvin, 77, from an apartment in a violent section of Crown Heights, an apartment she could not wait to leave because, in addition to the gunshots outside and the lack of maintenance, there were the insects.

“Bugs would fall from the ceiling,” said Audrey Henry, her caseworker at the East New York Family Center, which is operated by the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service, one of the seven agencies supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund.

“I was lucky to be alive,” Ms. Garvin added, a hint of her native South Carolina in her voice, though she has lived in New York for 50 years.

In both cases, foreclosure was beyond Ms. Garvin’s control: She is not a homeowner, but a tenant. Though Ms. Garvin was happy to leave a violent neighborhood, she could not afford to move. For that, she needed $6,600 from The New York Times Subprime Neediest Cases Fund, which is administered by the Children’s Aid Society, so that she, her two sons, two grandchildren, a great-nephew and a great-grandson could move to a four-bedroom apartment in Bushwick in February.

Read more… To learn how you can make a difference for this family and many others, please link over to The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund or contact: The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund 230 West 41st Street Suite 1300 New York, NY 10036 (800) 381-0075 Photo courtesy of Paul Taggart for The New York Times