Help My Family Stay In Our Home

$1,700 goal

Campaign created 10 months ago
My name is Adrean. The picture you're looking at is the last picture I have of Mom and I at home together, and if we're not very lucky very soon, possibly the last one here ever.

Now, I don't like asking for help, but I'm afraid if I don't, my mother, myself, and my extended family are about to be homeless.

Let me explain.

There are 5 of us now, Memaw, Mom, and her brothers.

My niece used to live with us too since her adopted aunt moved house, but she got caught sneaking boys into my room and came up pregnant. She moved in with my sister after her child was born, and we helped support them.

Things were better then. We had less mouths to feed -- including me, since I was lucky enough to live at college during school months. Even that soon became a burden once budget cuts happened at school and we had to pay up.

Still, I had money coming in from grants and side jobs, and I was off at school, making my AA degree. The last of my money went to helping Mom with house taxes though, and my dad died a week after I graduated, leaving me nothing but the 32 dollars and a place in his parents' estate, which his sisters are still fighting me over.

They insist I owe them 2000 dollars a piece to inherit what he told me himself he bought, and I can't pay. But since I own half of the contested house, those taxes, as well as those on his assets, all go in my name now.

Since the last of my money all went to my mom's house taxes -- in the absence of any other help, and I haven't been able to get a job or go back to school since Dad passed, that's a problem on top of a problem... the second problem being our own house taxes, which I can't help with anymore.

For ten years, we have been trying to catch up on our taxes frantically, and each year, they get more and more expensive. Now, for the 5th year in a row since I've been in my birth home, we're being told to pay up or pack our things and get out.

And my mom can't file homestead exemption because we live with family, despite two of us being disabled, two elderly, and one has been unlawfully imprisoned on no charges for 3 years.

My grandmother is too old to work. She's 79 and has epilepsy and diabetes. Her medications cost an arm and a leg, and we had to fight for years just so she would have insurance. She gets a check every month, but 100 dollars monthly is nowhere near enough to catch us up on 3 years of taxes, with interest and help feed us too.

My mom's younger brother, he's lucky to have a job. His back injury has him sitting on minimum wage. He's stuck under a car note that has him borrowing out of next month's paycheck just to eat.

Her older brother, he's the one I mentioned was unlawfully imprisoned for 3 years on no charges. He's currently fighting a legal battle just to stay this side of a jail fence, with another one coming soon; they nearly killed him and 9 other inmates, transporting him across state lines in what I'll just say was a gross violation of human rights and leave it there. He also pays child support to support his young daughter and cares for her needs. She'll be a teenager soon, and half of her life has been spent talking to Dad on the prison payphone. He does what he can, but it just isn't enough.

My mother is 60, too old to work, too young to be tax exempt. She bought this home from her grandmother free and clear. It has been in our family since it was built, all of her children and grandchildren have lived in it, and so have some of my own friends. She has fed neighbors from its doorstep and even given her own bed to all of us, as the years have gone on.

Now, she can no longer afford to do any of that, and she lives as a full time unpaid sitter across town. The house has fallen into such disrepair that we all live cramped upstairs, and I live in her room with the constant reminder of who's going to be stuck with the bills as I try to get on my own feet and do my part.

It's been 2 years since my dad passed, and I'm tired of being told to pony up or be tossed out by the police, but I'm powerless to stop it. We can't pay on our own. All I can do is work my butt off and ask your help in the meantime.

We need 1700 dollars to make it another year. I know that's a lot to ask, but anything, anything would help. I don't want to see my family on the streets. And even if you think you can't help, I need your shares, and I need your prayers. Anything is more than I could hope for.

And even if you can't do any of the above, thank you, if nothing else, for your time.

We managed to scrape up enough to buy us one more year, but the next bill is in January, and if we don't pay it by August, that's it for us.

It means a lot to me that anyone would listen. I appreciate it all, and I hope someone, anyone, would be willing to help. I'm not sure what we'll do if we can't pay.
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