Help the Morris Family Fund

$330 of $25k goal

Raised by 11 people in 5 months
Janet Morris  HUNTSVILLE, AL
My parents and I are on disability, which puts us on a very fixed income. Unfortunately, that fixed income makes it difficult for us to afford to do needed repairs on our house and to afford to replace the vehicle we'd used to go to doctor appointments.

The house needs a lot of repairs.

It needs to be more accessible for my mom who has a severe Vitamin D deficiency (my whole family has this deficiency) that has progressed to a point where she’s developed osteopenia, a condition has caused her to break bones almost every time that she falls. The fracture risk is even higher for her because she, like me, also has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which increases a person’s likelihood of developing fractures and other injuries involving connective tissues. She's on special supplements for kidney failure patients who are Vitamin D deficient, but the deficiency continues.

My father also has accessibility issues because dementia can cause clumsiness.  He hasn't taken any serious spills yet, but I'm worried that he may have them soon.

The entrances to the house need to have permanent steps added in or a permanent ramp to make it easier for my mom to enter the house. This is especially important considering that her last fracture, hospitalization, and surgery (a surgery that the orthopedist thought would end in an amputation of the lower leg), as well as her ongoing treatments for blood clots and infections, were due to a fall because height difference between the porch and door.

Our home is also in need of plumbing and electrical repairs. (We have aluminum wiring; that wiring caused a pretty bad fire for us about 20 years ago.) We also need our roof and siding replaced, doors replaced, flooring replaced--in most rooms, the "floor" solely consists of the concrete slab laid as the foundation, some broken windows fixed, and cracks in the walls repaired. We need the wiring fixed so that we can get the dryer working again. We need most of our plumbing replaced or repaired to prevent/end leaks. (Every sink leaks, the toilets leak, the bathtub has a crack.)

Our dishwasher hasn't worked since at least 2012--it floods the kitchen if you attempt to use it--and needs to be replaced as well. Our stove needs to be replaced. We had to disable the back two eyes after they both "shocked" me while I was cooking. The oven itself doesn't work properly either.

We lost our home insurance policy in 2012 because the roof needed to be replaced and we couldn’t afford to get that done. We will not be able to get a new policy until we have fixed the roof and most of the other issues.

If all of that wasn't enough, my parents were in a car crash on August 23, 2016. A teenager ran a red light and hit the driver's side of my dad's car, then the driver's side of the car in the next lane. Dad's car was 17-18 years old, so it would have cost the insurance company more to repair the car than to declare it totaled. We have my grandmother's car, which is even older and has had a few weird issues of its own over the years. We need to raise money to replace the old car to make sure that we have a car to drive to doctor appointments & other places.

There’s plenty to be done and not enough to do it with, so if you could help in anyway, it would be awesome. If you can’t afford to donate, please consider passing the link along or, if you happen to know of an agency or group that does these repairs or provides other services for people on fixed incomes, please pass that on to me.
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Update 10
Posted by Janet Morris
13 days ago
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First I want to thank everyone who has donated or who has retweeted/shared the link to this. I'd also like to thank individuals who have let me know about certain programs that might be able to help. I appreciate all the help and the kind words.

We've tried contacting the Community Development people multiple times this week, but when we'd call, no one would be in the office. I'm really concerned after looking at the code itself.

From section 7-351:
Where the literal application of the requirements of this article would appear to cause undue hardship on an owner or tenant or when it is claimed that the true intent and meaning of this article or any of the regulations in this article have been misconstrued or wrongly interpreted, the owner of such building or structure, or his duly authorized agent, may appeal the decision of the housing official to the housing board of adjustments and appeals, as set forth in section 7-354.

That doesn't sound so bad until you look at 7-354, which is the ordinance that makes it okay to prohibit occupancy in a residence. https://www.municode.com/library/al/huntsville/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_CH7BUBURE_ARTVMIHOST_DIV2ADEN_S7-354OCPR

As I said the other day, without the repairs, people who violate the municipal ordinances that Community Development enforces can be punished. ( https://www.municode.com/library/al/huntsville/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_CH1GEPR_S1-7GEPECOVI) I could go to jail for up to 6 months, be fined up to $500, and my house could be condemned. My family would then be homeless. Honestly, that's making me worry about what the city of Huntsville will do if we tell them that we can't afford to do the repairs that they want done.

If you can't afford to donate, please consider passing the link along. If you know of an organization or an agency that can help, please let me know about them. *

I hope you have a great weekend and I will try to keep everyone updated on this situation.

* Since I live in Huntsville, I don't qualify for USDA grants or loans for rural residents.
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Update 9
Posted by Janet Morris
16 days ago
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I would really like to not end up in jail over having a rotting home & lacking the money to fix it. I'm not being dramatic since the city had threatened to send me to jail for just having overgrown grass.
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Update 8
Posted by Janet Morris
17 days ago
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The wiring didn't need to be fixed. There was a loose wire in the outlet, so we don't need extra money for wiring.

The floors and roof still need to be replaced, as does the siding.
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Update 7
Posted by Janet Morris
4 months ago
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We finally have a dishwasher! It's been at least 4 and a half years since we had one that worked. The kitchen sink and a bathroom sink will have their new faucets installed sometime soon. We should be getting a new oven/range on Tuesday. That should help to keep us (me) from getting electrocuted while cooking again. We still need to raise funds for the roof, electrical, flooring, fascia/siding, and a few other things. If you can donate, that's great. If you can spread the word that we need help, that's pretty awesome, too.

Thank you to those who have donated so far and those who have helped signal boost this fundraiser.
The "magical" dishwasher. It's magical because it actually works.
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$330 of $25k goal

Raised by 11 people in 5 months
Created October 6, 2016
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