‘God bless everybody.’: Harris County man whose eviction story went viral thanks people who helped in emotional video

HOUSTON – A Harris County man whose eviction story went viral this week after a CNN report showed him being removed from his home with his young children, thanked people from around the world who donated to help him and his family.

In an emotional press conference Friday, held with Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Al Rosen, 24-year-old Israel Rodriguez said the donated money would help him get his life back together.

In between tears, Rodriguez said he was grateful for the money that was donated to help him and his family, including his two young children, ages 2 and 4.

“Just wanted to thank everybody that reached out to me,” he said. “Everybody that helped me out all over the world.”

Rodriguez said he’s now staying at a hotel. He wants to show his appreciation to people who reached out to help.

“I never expected this but this shows me how people are,” Rodriguez said. “It’s the best thing that could ever happen to me.”

After the CNN report went viral, the Precinct 1 Foundation set up a GoFundMe page to help Rodriguez and the hundreds of others that were facing evictions in the middle of the pandemic. The donations will especially be used to help the elderly and families with small children. Rosen said the money would help with rent.