My name is Rita , and I am a 100 percent disabled person who is renting a home in a development in Cherry Hill, NJ. I got a co-signer to help me, Myrna Zeilie, but her family will no longer allow her to assist me, as her health deteriorates.
I suffer from multiple illnesses, lymphedema, high blood pressure, asthma bronchitis, vertigo migraines, complex regional pain syndrome 1, neuropathy, gastroparesis, and arthritis in my elbows, wrists, lower back, and both ankles. I have broken both ankles, have had surgery three times on the right ankle, and an 8 inch plate with 8 pins remains in the right ankle. These are just a few of the reasons why I take over 17 pills and capsules a day. I long to get onto my feet and get off SSD someday.
I am not perfect. I haven’t had a perfect credit record. I have had bankruptcy. But I have done good things in life. I stayed with my mom until I was 33 when she was dying with stomach cancer, I nursed her home hospice until she died. Years later, I helped home hospice and stayed over nights every hospital stay with my brother Walter as he battled lung cancer and succumbed to it at the tender age of 58.
I raised two of my niece’s kids from infants, and lost a home to foreclosure in 2008 after 10 years. I have not owned a home since. I am a real estate broker Associate by trade, but due to all of my illnesses, have barely worked.
I rely on SSD, my daughter’s income, who suffers from crippling depression, and now my diabetic sister Brenda who is 63, and on SSI. Together we try to pay the rent here and we haven’t fallen behind yet.
There’s an association here that says we have to move immediately. The reason: breaking the rules by renting rooms in my home. I long for the day to have only my family in this home and owning it. To make a long story short, we have been here 6 months, have paid our bill, but must move unless I buy the home immediately. Also the owner is willing to sell to me. But I don’t have the funds. Or the kind of deposit to buy immediately.
I have multiple illnesses, a diabetic elderly sister, a 24 year old daughter suffering with crippling depression, and a 17 year old nephew suffering from ADD/AHD, all who will be displaced if I cannot buy this home immediately. I can document all of our illnesses upon request, and produce our SSD award letters.
I am African American, and one of a few here. More importantly, I take pride in this home. I just want my relatives to have a safe and secure place to live without the fear of being homeless. I am God fearing Roman Catholic person. I feel like the Devil is chasing me just because I want to live in a beautiful home. This home is everything I have ever dreamed of. Everyone in this house is counting on me to solve this. I am so stressed that I cannot sleep at night. I count the minutes, days, hours, to eviction. Every knock on the door scares me. Homelessness frighten me.
I have two college degrees. One from Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ, AAS in Business Administration Corporate Management, and one from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Finance.
This house costs $292,000. I am asking for a grant of any amount towards the purchase price, made out to Keller Williams in Washington Twp. to help me purchase it, so that I don’t have to leave and be on the street with my family. Once I buy this house, we have enough monthly income to pay taxes, utilities and association dues between my sister, my daughter and myself. We also are willing to do work at home scenarios as well to help ourselves.
The realtor says immediately means by the end of September unless something comes up. I pray anyone can help us.