Facing Homelessness

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Raised by 87 people in 15 months
Ashley Feigel  WATSEKA, IL
As I prepare for homelessness -  as all assistance funds are frozen due to the budget impasse.

Please share where you can - Trying to get help in Illinois is pointless, as most agencies do not answer, or are temporarily closed,  there is nothing but a run-around and no answers from DHS or any other government agency.

I own my own mobile home in a small mobile home park, have lived here for two years, then had a recent change in income so we have gotten behing the last 2 and a half months, now, facing an eviction notice I recently received, I have come to realize just how the Illinois budget impasse has effected our lives.

I have a 2 and 3 year old and yesterday, according to United Way , since most agencies rely on the funds that have been frozen due to the impasse, I have run out of options so I need to prepare to lose my  home that I own for a lousy $680 in back lot rent, because apparently, Illinois does not have $680. Not to mention our power is going to be shut off due to the impasse and LIHEAP (energy assistance) funds being frozen. All together, we have a $540 gas bill, they already shut us off, and our electric is $180, which will  be shut off any day as well.

This has been an eye-opening  nightmare, I have been calling every agency in the State, those that do answer, have no clue what to do as the funding is not available or try to pass me on to someone else who is even less help, but most don't even answer, including the ever-worthless DHS "help line" at 800-843-6154, the number they give if you need help.. I have been calling every day for a week now, never get a person, no answer, and you cant even leave a message.


I am at a loss -  something has to be done with this situation in Illinois. Someone has to look into what has gone wrong here. I have never gotten rental assistance in my life , yet am treated like I have no options, what is it all for?


Our federal government created a homeless prevention program that is useless as far as I am concerned. Please let me know of anyone that can help us,  as I have exhausted all attempts here in Iroquois county, (and in Illinois for that matter) , who does not even have a DHS or SS office (closed in the last few years) , the government has literally abandoned us here...

Thank you for your time, and please help if you can.
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Update 11
Posted by Ashley Goodwin
9 months ago
Well, we thought everything was going well, were going to stay here till summer, then move south. Now, we are suing the landlord for illegal fines and fees and holding our title hostage for a year, have court on the 18th of April, spent too much money on this nightmare already, do not know what to do now. We made a mistake, we should have left when we could, now, we are at a loss...
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Update 10
Posted by Ashley Goodwin
13 months ago
Just wanted to say to everyone today that we are very thankful for all you have done to help us, we now have all of our bills paid up until April and a car as well , which is a big relief, you have no idea. We might be broke now, but we are happy knowing that our kids will have a safe winter. Now , onto the job hunt, and to make changes that have been needed for so long. Thank you, again, everyone, this has been more of a Thanksgiving than we could ever hope for!
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Update 9
Posted by Ashley Goodwin
14 months ago
Thank you, everyone, for all your prayers and support, it means alot to us!!!
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Update 8
Posted by Ashley Goodwin
14 months ago
Just wanted everyone to know we are eternally grateful for all of this help.
This is a game-changer for us, as we are considering moving and we would have never been able to do this without all of you.
Thank you and God Bless this means to a new beginning!!
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Willard Helander
14 months ago
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I hope you will find township and local churches willing to help your family. Many in our area have food pantries and even help network for jobs or day work. There may be members who need help with tasks at home - yard work, cleaning, cooking. Reach out to the good folks in Iroquois County - I have known some over the years. Do you need winter coats, boots and gloves?

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Marti Merritt
14 months ago
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Ashley, I was so moved by your story when I read about it on the Capitol Fax blog. I wish all the best for you and your family in the months ahead. Take care.

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Erika Holst
14 months ago
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Ashley, I'm a mom too and my heart goes out to you. Do you need anything for your kids?

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Rita Meyer
14 months ago
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always please proved a PayPal address as well.. tyvm

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Michelle Iosco
14 months ago

Ashley, I have also read your story on Capitol Fax blog and Illinois Policy. God bless and hang in there, i would like to know if you need anything for the kids? And can we send a little something for the kids at the address you provided on earlier posts?

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Bill Meehling
14 months ago

Sorry about your predicament. I hear that TRW in Marshall IL is hiring. Best of luck.

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Richard Kenyon
14 months ago

Good luck and may God bless and watch over you and your family!

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$5,080 of $1,400 goal

Raised by 87 people in 15 months
Created October 20, 2015
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Amelia Mugavero
14 months ago

I hope this helps!

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Robert Pender
14 months ago

God Bless, happy to put you at $5,000. Things will work out, trust in God. You have a beautiful family.

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14 months ago
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14 months ago
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Ian Millard
14 months ago

Hi from the UK. I happened to see your appeal on GoFundMe (I am not on Facebook). The USA needs better social security/"welfare"/healthcare for citizens in need, but in the meantime please accept these few dollars. Good luck.

Willard Helander
14 months ago
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I hope you will find township and local churches willing to help your family. Many in our area have food pantries and even help network for jobs or day work. There may be members who need help with tasks at home - yard work, cleaning, cooking. Reach out to the good folks in Iroquois County - I have known some over the years. Do you need winter coats, boots and gloves?

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Marti Merritt
14 months ago
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Ashley, I was so moved by your story when I read about it on the Capitol Fax blog. I wish all the best for you and your family in the months ahead. Take care.

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Erika Holst
14 months ago
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Ashley, I'm a mom too and my heart goes out to you. Do you need anything for your kids?

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Rita Meyer
14 months ago
1
1

always please proved a PayPal address as well.. tyvm

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Michelle Iosco
14 months ago

Ashley, I have also read your story on Capitol Fax blog and Illinois Policy. God bless and hang in there, i would like to know if you need anything for the kids? And can we send a little something for the kids at the address you provided on earlier posts?

+ Read More
Bill Meehling
14 months ago

Sorry about your predicament. I hear that TRW in Marshall IL is hiring. Best of luck.

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Richard Kenyon
14 months ago

Good luck and may God bless and watch over you and your family!

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