|| Lake Mary, FL || Submitted: 2023-11-04
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I'm a Teacher & My Husband is a Veteran. Our Utility Bills Skyrocketed & Now We Can't Pay Our Rent!
I am a new public-school teacher for special needs kids. The transition from massage therapist to schoolteacher was pricey and I was without a paycheck for a full month while I made the transition. My fiance is a USMC and Army Paratrooper veteran who recently returned home from a two-year deployment. He has recently found employment but has not yet gotten his first paycheck. We have a son who is autistic and in college now; he is very gifted academically. We also have a 12-year-old daughter with autism and another very intelligent 7-year-old daughter. Our kids thrive on routine and are very sensitive to changes in the home. Our recent troubles have affected their sleep, anxiety, and performance in school. We have been trying to live off our savings, but that is depleted.
After we moved into this house in April 2023, the HOA said our sod needed to be replaced. The property management company did that, but the increased water usage from the constant watering the sod needed increased our water bills hundreds of dollars for three months in a row. This was a huge blow and we ended up having to start using our savings to pay bills. This was a huge burden on us, but we did everything we could to scrape by. I accidentally overdrew my bank account since I have auto-pay turned on for some of our bills. This caused bills to pile up and drown us financially.
Getting assistance with even a portion of our rent would be immensely helpful in getting us back on top of things. If we do not receive assistance with paying our rent, the rental company will evict us. The housing market in Central Florida is not good for renters, and we would have nowhere to go. This kindness allows us to breathe and ensure our rent is paid on time. We will have the ability to pay for our utilities, have a stable living environment, and be less stressed, which is essential to our kids' mental health. This would breathe a sigh of relief into our household, and we would be forever grateful. We hope to right ourselves and one day return the favor to others who need it.
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