A single mother was forced to sleep in her car due to the eviction

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – A new study by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition has revealed that minimum wage workers must work 86 hours each week to be able to afford to rent a one-bedroom home in Florida.

Contact 5 spoke with a woman in Delray Beach who does more than that and is priced out of her home.

“This is my next home,” Katie Riester told Contact 5 while sitting in her car.

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In six days, Rister will have to move from her home in Delray Beach, with nowhere to go.

National Low Income Housing Coalition, WPTV

Minimum wage workers must work 86 hours each week to be able to afford to rent a one-bedroom home in Florida, according to statistics compiled by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition.

“It’s exhausting,” she said. “I’m lucky to have this to sleep. Without it, I’d be on the street.”

Riester told Contact 5 she was late on rent in June, even while working two jobs and 90 hours a week. Then she learned that her lease had been terminated. After that, I got an eviction notice.

In an email sent to Contact 5, the owner’s attorney said:

“Ms. Riester was on a month-to-month lease and a timely termination notice was delivered on May 23, 2022, that the lease would not be renewed and would be terminated on June 30, 2022. Under Florida law, the landlord has the right to terminate the lease in time. However, the property requires plumbing maintenance as the floors need to be removed and the unit will be uninhabitable during that time. Ms. Riester failed to pay her rent for June and failed to evict in time on June 23, 2022, and thus was a stable tenant.Income The tenant is in a settlement agreement and has requested that the departure date be August 11, 2022, which the landlord committed to. As part of the settlement, the assistance agreed to pay rent to the landlord on behalf of the tenant, rent owed for June and July and per diem for August. These are the amounts that the landlord was owed by law. The landlord has also waived the additional amounts to which he is entitled to the lease and (d) attorney’s fees and costs.”

Attorney statement regarding Katie Riester's eviction from her Delray Beach home

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The landlord’s attorney sent a statement to Contact 5 saying that state law allows the landlord to “timely terminate the lease without cause.”

Riester said the eviction has now lowered her credit score and she cannot be approved for a new place.

Her two sons stay with the family while she tries to figure out what to do.

“The worst part is getting away from the kids and having kids somewhere else,” Riester said. “When you have to say good night and I love you over the phone every day instead of just walking into the room, it’s hard.”

According to a new study by the National Low-Income Housing Alliance, minimum wage workers like Rister have to work 86 hours each week in order to afford a modest one-bedroom rental home.

“It’s amazing. It’s amazing. It’s an unrealistic expectation,” Living Hungry’s Maura Blunt said.

Maura Blunt with Hungry Living

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Maura Blunt with Living Hungry discusses the rising cost of living in Palm Beach County and across Florida.

Plante helps people, like Rister, who are priced out of their homes by finding them temporary housing.

“We’re not alone. Even Palm Beach County isn’t alone. Collier County, which are other counties that have this wealthy senior group that benefit from the services of low-income people,” Blunt said. “And where is the hope? Have we made a bend? Are we cutting a bend? Have we made this slump? I don’t feel like we are out of this.”

These are questions that Riester also asks while assessing the resources available to help people like her.

“Our price is out of Heaven,” said Riester. “I’m ready to shoot darts at the map and go as soon as my kids graduate high school.”

Go Fund Me was created to help Rister and her two sons.

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