The Montgomerys


Barely getting by in New Jersey

Joquann Montgomery, 29 and his fiancé, LaRae Mayfield, 25 are doing their best to give their three kids a decent shot at life. But in crime-plagued Paterson, N.J., nothing comes easily.

The couple doesn’t  let their children play outside, for fear of being caught in neighborhood violence. And like most of their neighbors, the family devotes the majority of their income to rent.

They can’t afford a car and spend more than three hours a day on public transportation. Joquann travels to his job as a community college security guard and does weekend service as part of the National Guard. LaRae works part-time and is a full-time student, working toward her associate degree so she can become a drug and alcohol counselor.

Grammy winner Timothy Bloom knows what they are going through and gives a Make Room Concert for the 1st in their living room to help lift them up.

Timothy Bloom talks about Make Room and his own experiences struggling to pay rent



Grammy winner Timothy Bloom gives a living room performance to help give renters a voice.


Stand In The Way (Of My Love)

See this soulful performance, benefiting the Montgomery family and raising awareness for rent-stressed households.