I received this in an interoffice email today. It was sent to me by Mitch Koch, senior writer at Beber Silverstein & Partners here in Miami.
There is a 50-something-year-old woman with a small, old service dog living in the park near my building. They’ve been there for a couple of days now and are desperate to find a place to live. Her story goes something like this:
Once a receptionist. Once married. Once an expecting mom. Then a miscarriage. Then a divorce. Then an auto accident which forced her onto disability. Since then, she’s lived in efficiency apartments and cheap motels. Most recently, paying $500/month for a studio in Kendall. She lost that place about a month ago when the landlord needed it for friends. She was in a bad hotel after that. Now the park on South Beach, where she thought the parks would at least be safer.
I walked by the park Saturday night, pretty late, and there they were, her and her little dog, sitting all alone on a bench under a streetlight.
She hasn’t asked me for anything, except directions to the park and to a store where she could buy a two-wheeled, wire-framed luggage cart (all other belongings are in a large, plastic bag and that bag probably weighs more than she does). I just went and bought her the cart, and also gave her a little cash, but I’d really like to help her find a place to live. It would be tough for her to do, because on top of everything else, she left her phone in the cab when she came to the beach and so far the cab company hasn’t found it. Also, some guy (not me) recently befriended her, told her he found an apartment, just needed to provide the deposit, then took her $500 and was never seen again.
This woman and her sweet dog could really use a hand. Which is where you come in.
I’m looking for a clean apartment in a safe neighborhood. Some place that accepts service dogs (which most just call “pets” and refuse). Some place she can get for no more than $500 a month. Her disability check is just over $800 a month and direct deposited. She has this steady income and said she always pays her rent on time. When she has rent to pay.
Thanks for any leads you can provide.
P.S. I will gladly pass on any leads you can provide. ~Mike