Prices going up

United States
January 12, 2007 7:34pm CST
I just got a notice today that my apartment complex is going to increase rent from $690 to about $900!!! That's over 1/2 of my husband's monthly income. And due to not only a 15 month old, but a disabled daughter coming home soon, and another due in July, I am a stay at home mom. It feels the harder we try the more we get faced with. I just don't know what to do. I can budget all I can, but with the expence of 2 in diapers (maybe 3 if I can't get my oldest potty trained before my third is born), that'll take a big chunk out of what's left, plus neccesities, like toliet paper, baby clothing (they grow so fast!), gas prices nowadays, ALL THE LITTLE THINGS we normally don't think of until we need it. Even if I hired a babysitter it would eat my entire check (most that would feel comfortable messing with feeding tubes & pumps & not-your everyday, specially mixed medications come with a nursing degree = expensive babysitter), not to mention care for my other two.
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@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
13 Jan 07
i'm sorry to say this, but u'll probably have to move out, that's a big rent difference, can they do that? do u get gov't assis. for ur disabled daughter, if u r her full time caretaker u should be able to get money! well, i hope for the best good luck!
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• United States
13 Jan 07
She's on disablity, (& gets a check monthly), but it's $30/ month & I'm not sure what it'll be when she's released from the hospital. She has never been home yet (she's 5 months). The apartment complex is sending a propsal with the Department of Housing (we live in Texas if it matters). I'm hoping it doesn't get approved. This was the cheapest apartments in town, other than section 8. And I was told the aplication process is long & hard for section 8, but I'm trying to get info on it anyways.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
13 Jan 07
oh, yeah the section 8 here is like 4 yrs. long, in san jose where i'm originally from, they barely started taking applicants from 1999. good luck!
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• United States
15 Jan 07
Dont' quote me but the last I heard the disability pay is just over $600 a month. You might be eligible for help through the assistance office, especially since you have a disabled daughter. Best of luck
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I am sorry that you are having troubles. Thats a big rent increase. I'm not trying to be nosey but do you get SSI for your disabled daughter? It sounds like she might still be in a hospital but when my grandson was in the hospital,he still recieved SSI. It wasn't much until he came home and I think he gets about $600 a month now. If you don't already have it,it might be something you may want to look into. Good luck.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Yes, she gets SSI ($30/month, but it'll increase after she gets out of the hospital). And it was a good, legit. question.
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I think my grandson was getting about that amount when he was still in the hospital. He gets more now and he doesn't have the medical issues that your daughter has,so maybe you will get more. I'm not sure how that works. But I do know that you need to tell them the day she comes home. We didn't and it took awhile for the money to increase. I don't know if this is something you would be interested in but I have a page of work at home jobs. I don't know too much about them as I got it from another person on here. Here is the link.... http://www.pcworkathome.net/
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Thanks for the link :) every little bit helps.
• United States
15 Jan 07
you are right, your best option would be to continue staying home, unless you could work out an arrangement where your husband is home with the kids while you work, and vice versa, I feel that I would be looking into some different apartments or renting a house, I wish you the best of luck, ps Im due in June with #3 lol.
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• United States
16 Jan 07
Congrats on #3. I saw your avatar & was like - hey she got a pic of me, a toddler, a baby, & another on the way! But today we found BRAND NEW apartments (they are just finishing putting it up) - for (GET THIS! - about $535/ month + we we pay our own bills). Hopefully we get one of the 3 bedrroms before they get filled!
• United States
13 Jan 07
OMG! can they raise it that much? I don't know what to tell you about that. I might be able to help with baby/kid clothes. I belong to a group called freecycle. it's a group on yahoo. there should be one in your area. please check into it & let me know if it helps. Big hugs
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• United States
14 Jan 07
I don't know if they can, but they are trying. I'll look up that group, that'll help alot. also on the way to visit my I stop by Once Upon A Child. They have childrens clothes that are pretty new, some look like the kid even outgrew it before getting to ever wear it. It's cheap too, I got some shirts & dresses for $1.50 each!
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I totally feel for you. I also stay at home and care for my disabled son. The care is too expensive to work. It sounds like you are in a bad spot. Is there any way to move? Have you looked into the help that your disabled daughter can get? It may help some. Apply for help with your bills. You might be able to get something. It is sad that we have to live this way, to take care of our children.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
Having those little extras that my daughter needs makes me getting a job almost impossible because I'll be working for free. My daughter gets SSI ($30/month until she gets out of the hospital). I haven't applied for help with the bills, but I'll check on that. Thanks for your help :)
@vijay12 (1643)
• India
13 Jan 07
Rent a place where you'll have to pay the same as,you are doing now.
• United States
13 Jan 07
This was the cheapest place in town , other than section 8, which I'm looking into now.