Save My House
Since 1970 I've lived in the house in Falls Church, Virginia, in which I grew up. It was built by my parents in 1935 and expanded in 1946. I did extensive remodeling in the '70s.
The problem is property taxes. They keep going up, and are currently around $12,000 a year (with the threat of a 3% increase). I have paid them out of my dwindling savings, and my savings are now gone. I cannot pay the current (half-annual) bill of $6,048.89, which was due last December.
At my age, opportunities for employment are limited. Currently I work one day a week as the copyeditor of my local weekly newspaper.
I fear becoming homeless. Losing my house is a certainty unless I can keep the property taxes paid, and do the necessary upkeep on the house (it needs painting and a new roof, at a minimum). With the exception of 12 years in New York City, I've lived in this house all my life. All my memories (and all my possessions) are here. Losing my house would be devastating.
Last December I lost my 28-year-old son, Aaron. He had been my pride, my joy, my legacy and my best friend. His death was a terrible blow. Losing my house on top of losing Aaron will be more than I can probably take. I will have nowhere to go, and little incentive to go on living.
So I need these funds rather desperately. And I will be very thankful if they come through.
Thank you for your help.
Also thanks to all the people who have been donating. It's important to acknowledge them. I have clicked "Like" on many of their Donation notes. Mr. Whites collection of materials in his home may very well be Museum class. Many Historical Science Fiction & Fannish materials are fragile and have disappeared over the years. I wish he could be an adjunct lecturer or something at a nearby University over there!
I would love to help but am living on SS myself. Have you looked into The Eviction Prevention Program includes the SHARE-HIP (Homeless Intervention Program), which provides grants for rent, utility service disconnect notices, and security deposits in Fairfax County?The emergency financial assistance along with loans and case management services offered from this program are provided to all eligible Fairfax County Virginia households that meet income and other conditions. The phone number is 703-385-3267,
Mr. White, I was a fan of Amazing and Fantastic for years, and met you briefly at a CORFLU in NAPA California one time. I am destitute myself at this time, but I have spread the word as well as I could on Facebook & I hope that it helps. I admire your work greatly, and hope the response is appropriate. I owe you a lot. I am sorry for your loss in your family. Thinking of you. Sincerely, a fan.
We've got your back! I hope that things will look up for you. I'm so sorry that you are going through this and I wish I could donate more.
There is no mortgage and reverse mortgage is not an option.
I've noticed a number of suggestions of using a reverse mortgage. Before trying that, be sure to check them out thoroughly -- there have been some horror stories of abuses by financial institutions. I believe that Consumer Reports had an article on the subject, a while back.
Please do look into Reverse Mortgage. This program is available to seniors whereby the taxes are taken out of the proceeds from the eventual sale of the house. Meanwhile, I thank you for your writing and making a contribution in hopes that you can find a way to weather this blow. My extreme sympathy on the loss of your beloved son.