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MEO rental assistance huge during pandemic

The MEO rental assistance program has been a huge help during a very stressful time.

We very quickly began racking up credit card and loan debt early in the pandemic when we lost our jobs. Honestly, we would not have made ends meet.

I recently started training at two restaurants, Lineage and Nalu’s South Shore Grill. I will be bartending at both. By the end of the month, between the two, I may be back to work 40 hours a week.

My wife, Sarah, is building up a network of leads for freelance business development and photography/videography work.

Our son had a setback at school but has been making up for lagging grades. Everyone continues to remain healthy.

We are continuing to knock down our credit card debt and pay back family and friends for money we had to borrow from them.

Both my wife and I will continue to look for non-tourism-related jobs that utilize our other skill sets.

Not only did this program and the rental assistance allow us to start paying down debt and keep from going into arrears, the counseling and talks we had with Shayna, our case manager, taught us to look at our spending habits.

Since being on the assistance program, we’ve eliminated needless spending, and have begun and will continue to stick to budgets for things like groceries and discretionary spending.

Victor Lopez

Kihei

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