Five months ago my family and I moved into a house we thought would be as close to our forever home as we could get. We were told as long as we made the mortgage payment we could stay here until we could afford to buy it ourselves. Then after only living here two months we were told we needed to find somewhere else to live because our landlord had to sell it because her husband would not sign separation papers until the house was sold. We had gotten 2 dogs and a kitten, which I was reluctant to do because we had to get rid of our previous 3 dogs and 3 cats because even though our landlord was a slum lord, they didn’t allow pets, that was the most horrific experience for my kids, husband and myself, but my current landlord said she didn’t mind if we had animals. We figured since our plan was buying this house once we could afford it, we could go ahead and get animals. But now we are looking for a place to rent that allows pets, which is almost unheard of in our area. We really want to own our own home, somewhere our kids can bring their kids when they have them, and where we don’t ever have to move from again. We don’t want an expensive house, just something big enough for our family with a little piece of land for our animals to play, and I have found something that fits that. It’s got 3 bedrooms which is perfect for my husband and I and our 2 boys, plus it sits on 1.3 acres of land. It’s perfect, the only problem is we don’t have the money for a down payment and our credit isn’t good enough to buy it without a good one. So we really need some help. We have lived in some pretty horrible situations because it was our only option, we’ve lost pets that we lived like we live our kids, we’ve had to move at a moments notice because something doesn’t work out. Most landlords in our area won’t do a years lease, they do month to month, which means they can ask you to move at the end of any month. My husband is of mixed race and we live in a small town in southwest Virginia and people are very racist, we’ve been denied housing because of his skin color. We’ve lived in houses where we didn’t have heat or had a pipe bust and were without water because our landlord didn’t come to fix what needed to be fixed. Any help we can get to help us get our forever home would be greatly appreciated.