Mother of 3 Raises $170K to Prevent Eviction

Dasha Kelly reading her eviction notice. Source: CNN

Faced with eviction after experiencing economic hardships brought on by the pandemic, Dasha Kelly, a 32-years-old mother of three, would have been able to pay her current rent but knew that paying the back rent was not an option.

Kelly lost her job during the pandemic as a card dealer at a Las Vegas area casino. Not a unique experience to many families in the United States. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Kelly is one of the more than 11 million Americans that are behind on their rent.

Kelly benefited from the Center for Disease Control moratorium on evictions that prevented landowners from evicting families during the height of the pandemic.

Kelly said, “I had no idea what we were going to do.”

Out of options, Kelly started a GoFundMe hoping to raise $2,000 to cover the back rent. However, to her surprise, she raised it within a 24-hour window. Informed during a CNN special feature, anchor Erin Burnett told an anxious Kelly seated with her three daughters, Sharron, 8; Kia, 6; and Imani, 5, on her couch that her fundraiser had raised more than $172,000 from more than 2,700 donors.

“It gave me a lot of hope,” she said. “And I just want to make sure I do the best that I can to help the next person that is in my same situation.”

Kelly told Burnett with tears running down her face, “I’m still in denial. I just want to tell everybody thank you so much.”

Kelly is now comfortable in her apartment and is looking forward to preparing her girls for the upcoming school year.

Source: CNN