As of right now, we have to find somewhere new to live by June 1st.
My parents had a court date/mediation session with our landlords February 12th, the results of which were understandable but not at all good for us. We’re currently behind at least 6 months in rent. We can’t even pay our current month, let alone start playing catch up. Our situation hasn’t changed since I last asked for help. To reiterate:
In the beginning of October, my dad lost his job. It hit us hard, as we used his paycheck primarily to pay the rent while my mom’s smaller one went towards bills and necessities. After parting ways with his employer who promised they wouldn’t contest his unemployment claim, he filed only to be denied as they went against their word. For a month and a half we lived solely on my mom’s income while he appealed their decision until he finally won his claim, awarding him a month and a half of backlog. It seemed like we struck gold at the time, as we were able to pay both October and Novemeber’s rents, only to have it run out a week later. Since then, he’s been making sandwiches at a highschool for a quarter more than minimum wage, three hours a day, as he searches for something else. As you can imagine, it’s not doing much at all for our situation.
This would all be bad enough if he hadn’t been previously let go during a mass lay-off in February of 2013, which caused us to ultimately fall six months behind on our rent. He was unemployed for over a year, and this was during the time when congress was debating whether or not to keep the unemployment benefit extensions in effect since the national unemployment rate was back down. They eventually neglected to pass the extension, which meant from the time his benefits ran out until he was finally hired in March of 2014, we were living off my mom’s sole income. As a family of five, it was no where near enough to allow us to pay everything we need to.
Our income hasn’t increased in the past month and a half and now the situation is becoming dire. If we don’t start paying regular rent AND start paying back our previous debts, we have to be out of this house by June 1st. The problem is we don’t have the money or credit standing to move. We can’t afford a new place, obviously we can’t even afford the one we currently have, and that’s on the cheaper end of the spectrum. We can’t afford moving expenses. We can’t afford a security deposit or the first two+ months down payment on a new place. There is a very real possibility that if we move, my family has to split up. My mom would have to go to her friend’s, my brother to a relative, I’d go god knows where, my other brother and father somewhere else, and that’s not even considering our four cats, each of which has special needs. One of the worst things you can do in this situation is splitting up a family, tearing away the support structure for multiple people, upsetting a carefully crafted routine. Especially when 4/5s of the family has emotional(etc) problems, including anxiety, bi polar disorder and autism. (In addition to psychological issues, there’s also a myriad of physical ailments to consider- my mother is a cancer survivor currently neglecting check ups and scans that she needs to have done to ensure she stays cancer free because we simply cannot afford them right now.)
This is URGENT. This is an EMERGENCY. I am DESPERATE. I don’t know where I’m gonna be living come June 1st. I don’t know where I’m going to put my cats. I don’t know what’s going to happen to my family. If we’re forced to split up, it also means giving up a majority of our belongings which have been accumulated spanning the past 31 years my parents have spent together. It means getting rid of the bits of my childhood I didn’t lose the last time we lost a house. It means selling, donating or throwing away boxes and boxes of belongings and memories because we can’t even afford a storage unit, which we have also lost in the past due to nonpayment.
I’m BEGGING for your help because if we can start paying off our debt, our landlords have agreed to ignore the eviction papers. If we can start paying, REGULARLY month-to-month and THEN SOME, we get to stay.
We are trying our hardest. My dad still goes to a high school every day, making sandwiches for three hours on minimum wage, because he is continually told he is both OVERqualified and UNDERqualified to work in a field he has worked in for 35+ years. I am losing hours like crazy due to my job being largely seasonal, and I’m trying my hardest to pick up more hours while finding other jobs but I have health restrictions that keep me from applying to 80% of jobs currently on the market that I have qualifications for. My brothers are struggling to find work, as well- my oldest brother is routinely overqualified, while the other one doesn’t have enough experience. We cannot live on my mom’s salary alone. We’re barely paying our other bills. We’re on a state-run energy assistance program just to keep our heat on. We’re on food stamps that we run out of in the middle of the month because it isn’t enough. We can’t do this alone anymore. It isn’t working.
$10,000 is a lot to ask but I wouldn’t if I had any other option. Each month of rent is $1,500- that’s $6,000 from now til the deadline (March, April, May, June) and $4,000 we can start paying back with if we reach the goal. Everyone was so helpful and so generous in January and I have to impose on all of you again. This is a matter of a family losing shelter, of five people (four of which have mental illnesses, two have dietary restrictions, and one is a cancer survivor) potentially becoming homeless. This is desperation. We need help now more than we have even needed help before. Please, anything you can contribute would be a HUGE help, even $5 or a signal boost. We need help and I don’t know what else do to.
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