Save My House

$21,647 of $15k goal

Raised by 455 people in 2 months
Hi, I'm Ted White.  I'm 79 years old and I've been a professional science fiction writer and editor for most of my adult life, with over a dozen books published.  When I was young I thought I would retire on my royalties from my writing.  I was naive.  I'm living on bare-bones Social Security, a reflection of my career of self-employment.  

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.
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Miriam Kelly
2 months ago
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http://www.fallschurchva.gov/156/Tax-Relief Do you qualify for Tax Relief?

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John Ordover
2 months ago
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Many states have a program that protects Senior Citizens from losing their homes to property taxes. It seems very much worth looking into that.

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Mt Davis
1 month ago
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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!

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Trina Robbins
2 months ago
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Let me add to the recommendations that you look into reverse mortgage, Ted. Also, if your house is big enough (and it looks to be, from the photo), have you thought of renting out the top floor? I donated what I could and don't want you to lose your home!

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Richard Bodo
2 months ago
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WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN, TED. - Your Fans.

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Vicki Barbosa
2 months ago
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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,

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Mt Davis
1 month ago
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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.

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James Bacon
1 month ago
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I missed this on the 21st, Ted, sorry. All I can say is that your generosity, kindness and hospitality when I was a TAFF delegate was incredible, its great you have achieved your current goal,even so, I have donated and will donate again. very best.

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Hamel Móric
1 month ago

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.

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Arielle Kit White
1 month ago

There is no mortgage and reverse mortgage is not an option.

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Tina Connell
1 month ago

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.

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Judy Schriebman
2 months ago

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.

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$21,647 of $15k goal

Raised by 455 people in 2 months
Created February 21, 2017
MT
$10
Mike Thompson
23 days ago
$20
Anonymous
1 month ago
$25
Ross Presser
1 month ago
MC
$15
Mike Cobley
1 month ago

Noone should lose their home

SA
$15
Steven Austin
1 month ago

Wish I could donate more. Thanks for all your great work, Ted.

AR
$30
Angelique Rondeau
1 month ago
$20
Anonymous
1 month ago
KM
$100
Karl Mosgofian
1 month ago
TH
$25
Tom Hanlon
1 month ago
HA
$50
Hazel Ashworth
1 month ago

I do hope things improve.

Miriam Kelly
2 months ago
7
7

http://www.fallschurchva.gov/156/Tax-Relief Do you qualify for Tax Relief?

+ Read More
John Ordover
2 months ago
6
6

Many states have a program that protects Senior Citizens from losing their homes to property taxes. It seems very much worth looking into that.

+ Read More
Mt Davis
1 month ago
2
2

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!

+ Read More
Trina Robbins
2 months ago
2
2

Let me add to the recommendations that you look into reverse mortgage, Ted. Also, if your house is big enough (and it looks to be, from the photo), have you thought of renting out the top floor? I donated what I could and don't want you to lose your home!

+ Read More
Richard Bodo
2 months ago
2
2

WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN, TED. - Your Fans.

+ Read More
Vicki Barbosa
2 months ago
2
2

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,

+ Read More
Mt Davis
1 month ago
1
1

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.

+ Read More
James Bacon
1 month ago
1
1

I missed this on the 21st, Ted, sorry. All I can say is that your generosity, kindness and hospitality when I was a TAFF delegate was incredible, its great you have achieved your current goal,even so, I have donated and will donate again. very best.

+ Read More
Hamel Móric
1 month ago

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.

+ Read More
Arielle Kit White
1 month ago

There is no mortgage and reverse mortgage is not an option.

+ Read More
Tina Connell
1 month ago

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.

+ Read More
Judy Schriebman
2 months ago

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.

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