Nobody Plans to Fail

Low-Income Senior Struggles to Make Rent

Tom WallThe Make Room Campaign recently highlighted the story of Tom Wall, a 67-year old renter from the DC area who pays more than 70% of income for rent.

In the latest Make Room film, Tom Wall, from Annapolis, Md., tells his story.

Wall, 67, is a senior living in Annapolis, Maryland who is surviving solely off of his social security income. After suffering from a stroke in 2011, Tom had to stop practicing as a lawyer to attend to his health, a major financial setback.

When his wife, Peggy, was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and their home went into foreclosure, they moved to an apartment. Peggy passed away a few weeks after the move. Without Peggy’s social security benefits, Tom is now paying more than 70% of his income to rent.

Wall told National Public Radio’s All Things Considered,

“Stuff happens,” Wall says. “Nobody plans to fail. But sometimes circumstances beyond your control happen in life, and you’re challenged with what are you going to do about it.”

Make Room is a campaign to end the rental housing crisis in America.

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