While overcoming challenges is part of the daily routine for many struggling families in Jamaica; one family in particular from Knockpatrick, now defunct bauxite district of Manchester is at rope’s end and in dire need of assistance.
Unable to pay the rent after falling several months behind, this family of seven will need to find another place to live or face eviction on April 30, 2010. I spoke directly with the landlord and was informed that while he expects full payment of the back-rent, an eviction order was filed with the courts and will remain in effect, citing the monthly property mortgage as his foremost concern.
With sincere empathy for the landlord, I advised the family to defer payment until later when they are better able fulfill those obligations, since it would not deter eviction and the possibly of becoming homeless; and to use whatever charitable assistance we can provide towards a new place to live.
I am informed that it would cost approximately $250/month (USD) for suitable housing for the family, plus the typical rental deposit equaling the same. Additionally, I am hopeful that relief fund equivalent to three months ($750) rent, would provide sufficient allowance for this family find meaningful income.
In responding to the plight of this Manchester family, we established the “Jamaica Matters Fund” (JMF) – a funding program to increase our capacity in dealing with the numerous disparities throughout Jamaica. The JMF Program will exist as an association among local partners and our non-profit arm, Vonergy Inc., a registered 501(c) (3) Charitable Organization – Federal Tax Identification: 57-1206488.
This Program will remain in perpetuity to facilitate community media and outreach throughout Jamaica.
And so, we are now appealing to the generosity of fellow Jamaicans and hereby ask for your tax-deductible contributions towards a $750 (USD) relief fund. All monetary contributions are tax-deductible and will be posted on the website.