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A Beacon of Hope: Linda’s Story

The global pandemic has affected more Arizonans than numbers can relay.  While many have fallen ill and required medical assistance, many others have experienced financial hardships for which they simply couldn’t have planned. Through it all, FSL has been at the forefront in helping the community cope and maintain some semblance of normalcy and security.

Linda’s story is one that potentially could have ended in tragedy, like so many others in her predicament, but FSL stepped in and a story of triumph can now be told.

At 69, the semi-retired behavioral health provider was already familiar with FSL and knew of the good works the organization provided. In the past, she, too, lent a hand to the community by opening her home to adults with serious mental illnesses by serving FSL clients through its behavioral health group home program. As the pandemic spread, and the summer months invaded, Linda found herself struggling to pay her bills. With her already limited work hours snuffed out by COVID-19, she was backed into a corner. Necessities like electricity and the monthly mortgage bill, became more and more out of reach.

“Without working, my social security wasn’t cutting it!” she shared.

She could no longer afford to stay in her home. Never had she imagined that she could lose everything. With the affordable housing crisis, moving to downsize wasn’t an option for her. Linda turned to FSL. Thankfully, she was not forced to join the 1.7 million Americans who are currently 90 days or more past due on their housing payments. Her mortgage and utility bills are now in good standing and Linda was able to remain in her home.

“FSL took a big burden off of my shoulders! They made it an easy process and it didn’t take very long!” Linda said.

Throughout the pandemic, FSL has worked tirelessly to help men and women like Linda avoid losing their home by connecting them to resources and programs designed to supplement mortgage, rent and utilities payments. Last year, FSL helped distribute $14,956,412 to more than 5,414 households, keeping families in place and safe!

With your support and generosity, FSL can continue to be a beacon of hope for those in need. As the COVID variant surges, we must remain vigilant in helping those who need us. Your contributions will not only help people like Linda, but they will also help FSL continue to be a safe haven for the community. Please consider making a donation to FSL today!  Your donation qualifies for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit (QCO: 20199), providing a dollar-for-dollar credit on your state taxes; up to $400 for single filers and $800 for joint filers.

Learn more about FSL’s Financial Assistance programs here: https://www.fsl.org/assistance/

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