Update: After CNN aired a story about her potential eviction, Dasha Kelly clarified to CNN that she is not the mother of the three children featured in the story. CNN has verified she takes care of the children in her home for periods of time. She says she originally described herself to CNN as a mother because she considers herself to be like one to them.
CNN has learned the children are also cared for by their mother, Shadia Hilo, and their father, David Allison, who is Kelly’s boyfriend.
GoFundMe tells CNN they are in close contact with Kelly and funds will stay on hold until they verify her information. GoFundMe says no funds have been withdrawn.
A Las Vegas woman has avoided eviction for herself after their GoFundMe account brought in more than $150,000.
Dasha Kelly, who lost her casino job during the pandemic, appeared on “Erin Burnett OutFront” Monday evening detailing the challenges she’s faced making ends meet. Twenty-four hours later, thanks to the generosity of strangers, Kelly said she will no longer have to worry about donating blood or pawning furniture simply to pay rent.
“I just want to tell everybody, ‘thank you so much.’ I’m still in denial. It’s a lot to take in,” Kelly told Burnett in a follow-up interview Tuesday night. Kelly was joined by her boyfriend’s three daughters, Sharron, 8; Kia, 6; and Imani, 5, who she says she cares for part-time.
The family was featured in a CNN story that aired on Monday about the federal eviction moratorium that ended this past weekend.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued a stop on certain evictions. The new ban applies to areas of the country with high or substantial transmission of Covid-19 and will last until Oct. 3, according to the announcement.
The new moratorium comes after President Biden and his administration allowed a previous freeze to expire, setting off fury among members of his own party, including Rep. Cori Bush who participated in a protest on the steps of the US Capitol. On Tuesday, Bush said of the effort, “our movement moved mountains.”