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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Amy Tabor said it never used to be like this.
Monday, she and her two children were evicted from a transitional housing apartment for not keeping up with the rent.


Tabor had been living in a homeless shelter before the Road Home and it’s transitional housing staff found her the apartment.
“It sucks,” she said about the eviction. “It’s terrible. I hate it. It never used to be like this. Never.”

Monday, Rachel Gitlin who is a maintainence manager for the property owner said this was the difficult part of her job.  She said Tabor was behind two months in rent.

“They came from the road home,” said Gitlin. “We did the rapid rehousing for them for a while and then they didn’t get any more money from the road home and then it was a struggle to get them to pay rent on time.

She said the homeowner would be losing out at least three months rent once the eviction process is settled.

Tabor and her two children spent several months at the homeless shelter.  She moved into the apartment in November after the Road Home found them transitional house.  The shelter under it’s program paid the first two months rent.  But Tabor said she struggled after her husband lost his job and left home.

“He got laid off from his job and he found another job and that fell through and just trying to get caught up just didn’t work,” she said.


Tabor isn’t the only one going through the revolving doors at the shelter.
Wendy Hatch was hoping to get transitional house at the Road Home.

“I met with housing just a few days ago and there’s no funding for singles period, for the next couple of months,” said Hatch. “They can’t give you a time frame on when you can come here.”

Over the week-end Tabor’s plight was told on social media.  Sunday morning she found unknown people at her doorstep offering to help her move.

“They were wonderful,” she said.


She said one person even paid for a weeks worth of lodging at a local hotel.
“I couldn’t believe they did that,” Tabor said. “I’m so grateful for that. (It’s been) rough, extremely rough, very emotional.”


Prior to the eviction she said her oldest gave her his three dollars he had saved.

“He kept asking me if it was enough to pay to stay there to get caught up,” Tabor said.

Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

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