A woman with cerebral palsy and her family are temporarily homeless in the challenging Las Vegas rental market, but the community has rallied behind them with donations and different means of support to find a place.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A woman with cerebral palsy and her family are temporarily homeless in the challenging Las Vegas rental market, but the community has rallied behind them with donations and different means of support to find a place. 

FOX5 first aired the story with mother Lillian Proctor in mid-November, when she was in danger of losing her home in seven days. The clock was ticking, and Lillian was forced to move out, with nowhere to go. 

They face the same crisis as thousands in Southern Nevada: They are unable to find anywhere to rent and live amid low inventory of affordable housing, and sky-rocketing prices. 

Calls and emails came in to offer support, from donations for first and last month's rent, a place to stay, or even assist with searching for a rental. The family set up a GoFundMe page due to the overwhelming response.

The community has raised more than $11,800 so far. 

"I felt undeserving. There's others out there in worst shape than me. Then I decided that God loves me, and there are people who really care. I believe in humanity. I believe in love, and I believe in Vegas Strong," Proctor said. 

GOFUNDME: "To Help my Mother and siblings with moving Cost"

FOX5 first learned of Proctor and her family's situation in early November.

A woman with cerebral palsy and her family are in danger of losing their home in seven days. They face the same crisis as thousands in Southern Nevada: They are unable to find anywhere to rent and live amid low inventory of affordable housing, and sky-rocketing prices.

"I've gotten desperate. I feel like I've finally failed," said Proctor, who cares for daughter Veronica, 28. Veronica cannot speak, feed herself, or lift herself up. She must be carried or moved in a wheelchair. Her mother provides round-the-clock care for her, and had to quit her job in social work to do so.

Proctor's rent has always been paid for through Section 8, and her landlord has never gone without payments; however, Proctor said the landlord's other tenants did not pay rent, forcing her landlord into a situation where he must sell his North Las Vegas-area home to recoup financial losses. 

Proctor said despite $2,400 in guaranteed rent to any landlord, she has been searching for months without success. One landlord approved her on the condition she pay $4,800 as a deposit. She didn't have the money. 

Proctor said she has paid $600 in rental application fees, only to be turned away left and right. Numerous residents across Southern Nevada have said the unregulated rental market has forced them to scramble to search for homes, and pay numerous application fees upwards of $1,000 with no guarantee of a rental.

From families to seniors on fixed incomes, thousands have seen rents rise from 20% to 50% to even double the amount of the previous lease. 

"I'm on HotPads, Zillow. I've borrowed cars to knock on doors," Proctor said. "I have never asked for help for [Veronica]. I try to remain strong. I don't want [Veronica and my son My'kah] to think it's their fault."

Proctor went to court to ask a judge for more time to find a place and move. The judge gave her until Nov. 18.  

Lillian Proctor

Lillian Proctor (C) and her family.

Help of Southern Nevada said more than 3,200 people and families are on their waiting list in the search for affordable and permanent housing. The list includes seniors, those on disability or a limited income, and families and people who get aid through Section 8 housing. 

"There is a struggle to compete with private renters, and people who can pay more. We need more landlords and hotel owners willing to rent to our population," said Kelly Robson, chief social services officer.  

The organization helps connect families to landlords who are willing to accept Section 8 housing or other federal and social service funding. 

If you are a family about to be homeless in 14 days, or landlord willing to assist families, Help of Southern Nevada has resources available. Contact info@helpsonv.org or visit their website.

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(5) comments

GlWd

Come on , County Commissioners and LV City Council, this woman and her family need somewhere to go NOW. A these political hacks who claim to be compassionate need to step up and help. The terrible issue of landlords charging numerous applications fees needs to be addressed, also. It's a scam by many.

Sojo

His supreme highness Gov. Sysolak needs to get off his fat rear and do something about this. Now!

Mediumjeep

Loser thug daddy should have a job an take care of his family,but this scumbag is wanting to be a freeloading bum ,playing off the public !

vegasdawn

I always enjoy your comments. Thank you.

ALLLIVESMATTER

Something needs to be done about these landlords and complexes that take all this extra application money knowing that they already have a renter approved and are scamming the rest for profit and greed. I would sue in small claims first and then go for big money after that

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