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Veteran and family fears eviction as end of the year approaches

Posted at 6:46 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 00:46:24-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The pandemic has impacted people all over the country and in Nevada the conversation surrounding possible evictions is growing.

James Page and his partner Kathy are in a stressful financial situation that the pandemic only worsened.

“We’re living on my social security and her SSI so we’re living on a very tight budget,” said James Page.

James served our country for 4 years as a Marine. He’s disabled and lives with his partner Kathy, her daughter and their two grandchildren. The impact of the pandemic, ongoing health issues, job loss and more, their family is stretched thin.

“As far as I can tell everybody is, unless you got a whole bunch put back to carry ya through, everybody’s struggling,” said James.

This month, Kline Veterans Fund helped them with around $1300 to pay their rent and get their bills up to date.

“We got everything caught up. Still got to pay this month’s rent but we can pay it on the 18th and then we have nothing again but it’s okay,” Kathy said. “We’re in a little better situation but we’re not out of the woods by any means.”

Thousands of people in Clark County have found themselves in similar positions because of the pandemic. With the end of the CDC eviction moratorium closing in, many will be fighting to stay afloat, including veterans.

“The vets should be taken care of a lot better than they are,” Kathy said.

Even though its difficult to think positively, this family is focusing on the good and spending quality time together. They are hopeful their situation will improve.

“My little granddaughter says 'come on, grandma, lets go on a walk, let’s do something.' That’s the way we are all on each other,” Kathy said. “You just gotta put one foot in front of the other and keep going forward and that’s what we do. “

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