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A Monday morning at Manatee County’s Turning Points: Nearly 100 apply for assistance

Updated on December 16th, 2020 Written by Turning Points

Angie DiMichele Sarasota Herald-Tribune

BRADENTON – On a typical Monday morning at Turning Points in Manatee County, minutes before 8 a.m., a line has already formed outside the nonprofit agencies’ glass doors. 

Raymond Roberts, a 53-year-old Bradenton resident, was among the first to stand in line, his hand rested against his cane. Roberts’ early morning began with a bus ride from his mobile home to Turning Points where he took his spot in line.

Roberts, after receiving a 3-day eviction notice from his landlord Thursday, returned to the nonprofit to complete his application for rent assistance. 

Paying nearly $500 out-of-pocket for a medication he needs after having a mild stroke in 2017 was enough for him to fall behind on his December lot rent. Now, he needs the rent assistance from Turning Points to save him from eviction.

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