Marlene and her girls


Holding a family together in Nashville

After her 10-year-old son died of a brain tumor last year, Marlene Sigar has done her best to keep life as normal as possible for her two daughters, ages 12 and 7.

But doing so is difficult – especially because Marlene devotes about 75 percent of her income to rent.

Marlene works as an adjunct professor at a local community college teaching economics but all told makes less than minimum wage.

She tries not to let her daughters, Rachel and Deborah, know how much she struggles, but she worries that they will have to move to an unsafe area.

The country rock band John and Jacob brought some much-needed fun to the family with a terrific Concert for the 1st.

Watch John and Jacob performing at our Make Room Concerts for the 1st – narrated by Edward Norton


Be My Girl – John and Jacob for Make Room

John and Jacob dedicate this performance to Marlene and her girls to shine a light on families struggling with rent burden.


I’d Go Back – John and Jacob for Make Room

John and Jacob perform for #MakeRoom to raise awareness of the 1 in 4 renter households that are a missed paycheck away from eviction.