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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man evicted on Wednesday because he was four months behind on his rent has been offered a new home to move into, thanks to neighbors and strangers who heard his story and wanted to help.

For two-and-a-half years, Jari Adams said he and his 15-year-old daughter, Jarica, lived in a home at the corner of East 55th Street and Michigan Avenue in Kansas City.  Jarica struggled with cerebral palsy and when she died last July, Adams fell behind on bills.  With her death, the $700 in state funding they received for her care, stopped. Adams had no job and could no longer pay his $500 rent.

Landlord Otis Myrick said he had little choice: Adams owes him $2,000 in rent. He had to evict him.

"He's four months behind in his rent. I don't think he's looking for a job and he needs to go to a homeless shelter I think. I've done all I can do and I intend to change the locks on Thursday, so by law he cannot stay at my property. I'm sorry, but that's how it is," Myrick told FOX 4's Robert Townsend.

Neighbors' hearts sank when they saw Adams' belongings outside.

"I've always paid my rent on time. It was my priority, but after my daughter died it just really hurt me and hit a lot. I almost didn't know how to pick myself up anymore and when I couldn't find a job, I kept falling behind, " added Adams.

"I just feel so bad for him. When I saw all of his furniture, his daughter's clothes, her baby doll, her oxygen tanks all sitting outside on the snow-covered front lawn, my heart broke and I knew we just had to stop and try to help him," said neighbor Tonya Bauserman.

Bauserman wasn't alone.

Immediately after FOX 4's report on Adams' hard times, Bauserman says her cell phone blew up with more than a dozen people wanting to help.

"People wanting to bring money and trucks and, 'Let me know when I can do this and when I can do that.' Yeah. It's awesome," she said.

One Good Samaritan, Reus Hersch, gave Adams $100 and encouragement.

"This guy will make it, you know, but we have to pull together. All of us. We're responsible, all of us, for each other," said Hersch.

When Damon Everheart and his boss at a Kansas City real estate company heard about Adams, they stepped up and volunteered to let Adams live in one of their rental units until he gets back on his feet financially.

"I feel like I need to help him. I'm drawn to help him. I don't know him, never met him in my life," said Everhart.

Adams has also received two job offers. So far, more than $1,000 has been raised to help him.

Anyone interested in assisting Adams in any way can call (816) 699-6058. A FOX 4 viewer also set up a GoFundMe page. Jari Adams would like to thank the metro community for supporting him and donating items to him.  Many necessary items have been donated to help him as he prepares to move into his new home. Damon Everhart is assisting in the collections of these donations and says Adams is still in need of a stove and refrigerator to furnish his new home. If you want to donate one of these items, you may contact Everhart at 816-605-5827.

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