ROCKFORD (WIFR) – It’s been more than a year and a half since the Rockford Housing Authority told tenants they need to contribute or face being kicked out. About a third of households are required to do community service and several are being threatened with eviction.
Eleda Bethany is unemployed and doing community service hours to avoid being evicted.
“I’m the type of person that if I’m faced with something like that where it may cause me to not have a roof over me and my kid’s heads,” said Bethany, “I’ll get it done.”
Bethany lives in Rockford housing and spent the afternoon with a handful of RHA residents at a job skill and volunteering workshop learning ways to fulfill her service hour requirements. RHA residents who aren’t working, enrolled in school, or disabled have to complete eight hours of community service hours each month or their lease won’t be renewed. Of the 540 residents who need to fulfill that obligation, 6 are far behind in their hours and are facing eviction.