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Family left homeless after balcony collapse

CREATED Oct. 10, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct. 10, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Robin Andrews is doing all he can to keep his head above water in this one-room motel suite with his wife and three kids.

"Since September the 19th it has been crazy," said Robin Andrews.

It was on that day he and his family became homeless. The city condemned his apartment building after a balcony on the fourth floor collapsed coming crashing down on the balconies below.

"They should not have to live on the street because my mommy and daddy can't find a place right now," said Andrews. "No one will rent to them."

His employer put his family up in a motel, but come Saturday he has to leave if he can't come up with the $300 weekly rent. Andrews' landlord has not refunded his $900 security deposit. When we went by his landlord's home, a woman refused to open the door and answer our questions once she saw our camera.

Shawanna Campbell with Community Advocates knows all too well the Andrews' family dilemma.

The agency provides emergency assistance for families displaced when the city condemns a building.

"Typically landlords are willing to work with us because we have approved this client and that the money is almost guaranteed."

Andrews is glad to learn of the resources available at Community Advocate. He hopes before his Saturday deadline he can keep his family together under one roof.

"I'm working and should be able to afford to take care of my family and I can't... I can't ."