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Finding Help for Family Needing Home Repair

My husband and I were handed my family home after a few years of my great grandmothers passing. We were struggling to pay rent and bills. As far as we knew the home was in decent condition with only minor repairs to be done.

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As we soon discovered, after putting what money we had into it, there was more to be done than we could afford. We had to move in with family after draining all our money into repairs. We had no way to get another rental.

We own this home and it does mean a lot to me I grew up there but more immportantly its our only home to live in. Staying with family and friends with 3 kids is just not possible for much longer.

My question is is there any resources possibly out there to help us. We have had people breaking in constantly and numerous people in there and just damaging it more and more we have changed the locks dozens of times and screwed all the windows shut, but that hasn't stopped them from breaking the glass. Please can someone help?

By M.R.

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July 21, 20140 found this helpful
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Is there something you could "barter" for the repairs. Some areas have groups that use the old "barter" system for payment.

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You could babysit, cook, sew, tutor, etc. Look for these groups or maybe post an ad on Craigs List. I have been using the computer to learn how to do repairs. You tube has detailed videos. Good Luck.

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July 21, 20140 found this helpful

Have you considered a nice large dog with a loud bark? Good luck!

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July 21, 20140 found this helpful

I would go to the local senior high school or your county college and ask the principal there IF they have a class for boys/young men learning how to use hammers, jigsaws, screw drivers etc. in their Wood Shop classes - the young men would do whatever it is that you want done with thier teacher supervizing them for a grade - you know it would be done right so the teacher wouldn't look bad.

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Keep us up to date on what it is that you end up doing and how it is turning out for you... your in our prayers!

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July 22, 20140 found this helpful

It is nice to "own" a piece of land right now. Most on this site would not know where you live or even if you live in the US so it is kinda difficult to even give suggestions.

I also believe there are many on this site that are in financial situations comparable to yours (or worse?).

I generally assume that questions are from the US. That said, you do not say anything about your ages, your general health, if you are both working, or the ages of the children. These four factors will make a lot of difference when you are seeking "free" help.

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Sometimes it is possible to get a loan to make repairs and generally repayment would be less than rent. Have you tried your local church? There may be someone there that can give you advice on where to seek help. Try senior service centers for information.

Habitat sometimes help "qualified" families with repairs. They also may be able to offer advice.

If you are receiving food stamps or other assistance you may be able to discuss your situation with this office. They may not help but it appears you should be trying everything.

Free help and materials may not be available to able bodied adults but you may be able to find someone that can help you if you furnish materials. If you are currently living (rent free?) with relatives maybe you have money to help with materials?

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In my county there are "homeless" shelters that sometimes offer free living quarters to families for a short period of time - Look for places that offer free lunches and give them a visit. They should have some suggestions also.

I hope you are able return to "own" home soon.

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