Hello, my name is Renee. My mother, our cat, and I have found ourselves in a very bad situation. After trusting my father again, even though he’s proven to us multiple times that he can’t be trusted, the three of us are living out of her 1999 Mazda.
It started three years ago when we were unfairly evicted after asking our landlord to fix a pipe that burst above our downstairs floor. It flooded everything on Christmas morning and we were without water for two weeks. We’ve been in limbo ever since, struggling to save after starting off with nothing. My father promised that we’d stay with a family member on my mother’s side for only six months, because he would fix it. It started out well with saving and working together, until my father took all of the money to fix a problem with his driver’s license. We were back at square one and things were getting bad at our family member’s home. We were unable to bathe because it was wasting too much water. We were unable to wash clothes, because there were rules for that. We were also forced to keep our cat inside of her kennel far too often. There were also rules as to when we left the house.
My mother tried to save what she could from what little she got a month, but at every turn there were car expenses, food costs, and other things that kept us having to start over multpile times. I wasn’t making enough to make up for what we had to use, and decided to look for employment elsewhere. Little did I know things were about to get worse.
Just before Thanksgiving my mother, our cat, and I had no choice but to leave our family member’s home. They finally decided to show us how much they never wanted us there and a huge argument happened that ended in us leaving. We haven’t spoken since. My father was determined now that it was certain we’d be sleeping in my mother’s car. He promised he would never let that happen, and put us up at a motel nearby.
However he soon decided it was better to bet what little money we had on football games instead of paying the owner and we were evicted yet again. He has been allowed to stay in another city with family like he has been since we were first evicted. While my mother and I have been staying out of her car with our cat due to tensions with her family and his. I don’t think they’re reconciling anytime soon. Were unable to afford a motel or hotel and getting a new job has been harder than I thought. She’s disabled and I would really love for she and our cat to have a warm place to be instead of sleeping in a cold car.
I’ve found a studio space that’s asking $475 a month and with the deposit it should be $750. It’s not in the best location, but hopefully I get hired somewhere soon and our stay there won’t be too long.
If there’s anything you could donate towards this $750, we’d greatly appreciate it. Thank you!