First let me start off by simply indicating that I am in a very tough position as well as millions of Americans and other partnering countries. When the pandemic first hit, I didn’t think that it would be as bad as it initially turned out to be. I was laid off in March of 2020, but I was lucky to find another job in that same week. However I ended up losing about 10 weeks worth of pay when I had to quarantine on 3 separate occasions due to being in close contact with co-workers that tested positive for Covid-19. My job like a million other jobs had more than 500 employee’s within the US, so they were not required to pay us for loss time at work due to Covid-19 situations. I filed for PUA immediately, but as of today; nearly a year later my funds have still yet to be released. I have tried to get to the bottom of the issue for months and to no prevail have i been successful. I have written letters and I call the hotline number several times a week, the stories or rather explanations change so much at this point that I have requested help from my state representative. I am currently waiting to hear back from them.
I thought that by now I would received both of my missed stimulus payments along with my 2020 income taxes, or at least one so that I can catch-up on some of my bills that I am behind on. I am currently working with a tax advocate that is advocating with me to resolve the issues that are delaying my taxes from being released into my bank account. As of yesterday, May 6th of 2021 my account status and details are not available.
Yesterday I asked my eldest child to go into their siblings room to retrieve some clothes that I needed to take to the wash, and as my child was getting the clothes from the back end of the bed that’s when my child noticed a stain and something crawling on the bed sheets. My child immediately called for me to come in to the room and investigate what that might have been. At the time i wasn’t fully aware or had any idea of what it might have been. So I started doing some research online and later that day I was able to get an exterminator to come out and inspect the room that we saw the bug in. After the exterminator completed the inspection, it was then discovered that our home had bed bugs. And after further investigation I found out that one of my relatives had them really bad in their home and there was a strong possibility that that was where the bugs came from in my home. Because my relatives young aged child has spent a few nights with my child in the past. So the exterminator quoted me a price that is just out of this world. He said that it would cost me 1500 dollars to treat the beg bug issue in my home. At this very moment and time I can barely afford tennis shoes for my kid’s, alone 1500 dollars to treat a bed bug issue.
I reached out to the property management company that I am renting my property from. Later that evening they sent me a disclousure explaining in grave detail that after a unit has been occupied for over 90 days and it is discovered that there is any bug infestation issue then the issue would have to be rectified between the tenant and a local or nonlocal exterminator contractor. After receiving their initial response, I looked up tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities in SC. After reading and deeply deciphering laws and how those laws apply to my situation, and looking over my lease agreement with a fine tooth comb; it was there in plain sight. Pretty much the content said that it was my responsibility to hire someone to get rid of any and all bug infestation issues after a grace period of 90 days.
I called my local DHEC office and spoke with a representative to see it there were any non-profit organizations or charities that I could reach out to for assistance and she couldn’t locate one within my geographical region. I have spent hours researching for help online and that’s when i ran across this page. I knew it would be a long shot but why not. When you need help, you need help. I am not asking for cash. I would be so grateful and appreciative if I could just forward my information for services and that the kind soul can just pay in-person or by phone so that this issue can be rectified immediately. I don’t want to let my problem trample over into someone’s else household. Please, Please can someone please help me and my family!
Badly need help!