Woman with stage 4 kidney cancer avoids homelessness

Posted: Updated:
BRIDGEPORT -

 A Bridgeport woman who is fighting for her life says she will not be homeless after all, thanks to help from a local nonprofit.

Migdalia Cruz, who has stage 4 kidney disease, says she is grateful to News 12 Connecticut for telling her story and helping her stay in her apartment.

The 57-year-old says were it not for the outpouring of support from the community, resulting from the News 12 Connecticut coverage, she would have ended up being homeless.

Cruz thanked Joe Kaliko, the founder of the nonprofit Needs Clearing House, for raising enough money to pay her landlord and keep her in her apartment.

Needs Clearing House also helped the landlord, who has been allowing Cruz to stay in her place because she says she has a big heart and could not bear the thought of forcing a terminally ill person onto the streets.

Cruz also has a GoFundMe page set up to help with her fundraising.  

MORE: Bridgeport woman battling kidney disease in danger of being homeless 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."