Robert

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PadSplit’s mission is to solve the affordable housing crisis one room at a time. We use housing as a vehicle to create holistic affordability and financial independence for the millions of Americans most in need. This is a series on the people that we are serving

When moving to a new city, finding safe and affordable housing is a massive challenge. Between avoiding scammers on Craigslist or Zillow, or getting locked into a long-term lease in a bad situation, the process is both daunting and occasionally dangerous.

Unfortunately, it’s also been the reality for many of our members before finding PadSplit. Hailing from Elizabeth City, NC, Robert moved to Atlanta to help his sister after a relationship split. He was working as a manager at Zaxby’s with great ambitions to climb the corporate ladder.

But finding housing he could afford was nearly impossible, and he and his sister found themselves as part of the growing population of working homeless. In his desperation to find permanent housing, he’d tried the usual online sources, but he struggled to find anything that resembled a decent, quiet place to sleep.

“I took other avenues before PadSplit that I found through Craigslist, but they were truly terrible.”

At one point, Robert thought he’d finally found a decent place with someone who was renting a room in their home, but on his first night, the host had music blaring throughout the night. When Robert asked the host the next day about lowering the volume to be able to sleep, instead of the peaceful resolution he expected, he was told to leave the property.

Once again, Robert was left on the street and looking for a place. . . and he finally found PadSplit.

“It was real fast and real convenient. It really was the easiest time coming back up from losing everything.”

Among the many benefits for a person like Robert seeking peace and quiet, all PadSplit homes have “Quiet Hours.” Between the hours of 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM daily, members are asked to observe a period with no loud music or TVs, and even no laundry running. In addition, our members are expected to consistently keep noise to a reasonable level since many of our residents work shifts throughout the day or night, and maybe sleeping at any time.

Robert has finally found a safe, affordable home where he can sleep peacefully . . . something we’re trying to provide for all the people working tirelessly to better themselves and our communities.

One room at a time.


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