Chinna Reddy Katireddy’s coronary heart went out to Mitch Lowry when he met him lately working at a development web site whereas chilly and shivering.
Katireddy, managing director of the residential development firm Macropus Houses, stated Lowry was working for a subcontractor at one in every of his constructing websites.
He stated he was involved about Lowry’s bodily situation and recommended he go dwelling and relaxation till he was feeling higher.
Katireddy stated he was shocked when Lowry advised him he didn’t have a spot to remain and had been sleeping in his truck for a while whereas the chilly season set in.
“I used to be actually terrified once I heard his story,” Katireddy stated.
“I made a few cellphone calls to see if I may discover him a spot to remain, however didn’t have any success. He stated he had a small 18-foot trailer however couldn’t discover anywhere the place he may park it.”
Katireddy stated he provided Lowry a full-time job in his firm with full advantages, gave him $1,000 to purchase fundamental requirements and his generator to cost his trailer batteries, and recommended he park in an empty lot Macropus Houses owns in Duncan till he may discover a extra appropriate place to dwell.
However the Metropolis of Duncan rapidly stepped in and stated the trailer just isn’t allowed to be on the positioning and that it have to be eliminated.
Lowry moved the trailer to a neighborhood RV park the place he’s paying $750 a month plus utilities, however he can solely afford to remain there till April when the park’s vacationer season begins and the prices go up.
He stated the continuing housing disaster and the skyrocketing rents that go together with it have left him in dire straits after he break up up along with his spouse, with whom he shares three kids, aged 4 to 9.
Lowry stated he spent a complete of a month and half sleeping in his truck earlier than he met Katireddy.
He stated he regarded for a while to discover a one-bedroom condominium with a den for his kids to remain in when they’re with him, however the going charge today is roughly $1,900, which is properly exterior of his value vary.
“All I can afford is between $1,200 and $1,500, however a spot in that value vary with two bedrooms that may also take a canine is difficult to seek out,” Lowry stated.
“I used to be pondering of leaving the Island, however I don’t wish to depart my children.”
Katireddy stated he’s seeing increasingly staff in his commerce in the identical scenario as Lowry because the housing disaster deepens, and has helped out when and the place he can.
“These folks have good work expertise however no place to remain,” he stated.
“I concern good staff like Mitch might be more durable to return by if this continues.”
If anybody may help Lowry out, he may be reached at 250-732-7105.