February 25, 2021 1:29pm CST
Well... I experienced the first in my lifetime. Every time we do a recertification at the end of our lease to determine what our next year's rent will be, part of the calculations include a utility allowance. What this means is that the utility company determines what the average bill is amongst our residents, and that becomes the median. Then the management of our buildings takes that median amount and reduces our rent by that amount. The deduction helps the residents cover their electric bill. So for some residents this amount covers most all their electric bill. For others it covers about two thirds of their electric bill. And for the remainder it exceeds their electric bill, so they have a few dollars extra to spend a month. My bills are usually near the median average; even though my bill during the year has exceeded that amount, and a couple of times it was a little less. Again...the difference is what we pay each month until the next recertification due date. Since I have only been here a little over a year, I assumed that never changed during the current year's lease. Well... We get a notice today to come to the office to sign new documents, because the utility allowance has increased by $2. So starting March 1st, our rent will be reduced by $2. I have never in my life seen my rent go down during the middle of a lease. It either goes up at the end of each year, or stays the same. However, since our rent is based on our income; it can go up, or down. Unlike most people...if we lose a job, or our benefits decreased, we don't have to sweat how we will pay our rent. They just reduce our rent so we can still afford to live here. We basically pay 30% of what our income is, less the utility allowance and other out of pocket medical expenses. I have been told that the lowest they are allowed to go down to is $25 a month. So if someone has no job, or lose their benefits altogether...their rent will only be $25 a month until their income increases. So basically...the way it is set up, no resident ever becomes homeless here due to economic conditions. I love living here. $2 is $2. It can buy a couple of things at the dollar store with that extra cash. I still want to pinch myself each day to make sure I am still here. No place is perfect...but I am so grateful to God that He opened the doors for me to live here. I never again have to worry about going through all the struggles that I experienced over this last decade. Plus... Because these buildings are privately owned, they exceed the living expectations that others unfortunately may adversely experience. And they also make sure that residents have plenty of provisions. Just recently I have literally had to ask to be removed from the bimonthly deliveries, because I just have way too much food now. I can't eat it fast enough. I have over stuffed the cabinets, refrigerators, freezers, and even created other storage areas to put everything...that I just don't have any more room. I only go to the grocery store to get condiments, drinks, toiletries, and other side items. Other than that... Unless I want to treat myself to something, I just have more than enough to eat. Now we are about to go through major renovations that will turn our living experience into high-end living; yet our income will never go up other than cost of living increases. The scriptures say that God will give us beauty for ashes, and restore what the locus and cankerworm has eaten due to the enemies tactics and blows. Plus...it also says that God will go beyond what we can ask or think... I can now most humbly and definitely testify that I am living proof of to the goodness of God. He has brought restoration to many areas of my life, and is still continuing to work to fix other areas. People may and will abandon us in our lives; and many have experienced those same circumstances and situations that I am speaking of... I can attest to the fact that it can be very difficult at times, because you feel like no one cares. That some are more interested in judging you, then loving you. However, God promises to vindicate us if we will only hold on to Him, and trust Him. Again... I am living proof of this... When it comes to my living arrangements and provisions...God has gone way beyond my expectations. He has made up for all the heartaches, and abandonments that I experienced during and through all those years of hardship.
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• Daytona Beach, Florida
I am very happy to hear about your current living situation. I wish more homes operated in this way. Here, where I live, rent is determined by market value at the time. So once a year, Rent usually goes up. One year I'd been living in a place, where Rent stayed the same or even went down. This is very rare. so we took advantage of it. Now the cost of living and additionally rent is way more than the pair of us could afford, so we bought a house. Take the blessings where you can get them.
• Daytona Beach, Florida
@teresatrotter You should be. I wish more markets worked that way. I am blessed my husband and I bought our house when we did, or that we've managed to survive all the hardships life has tossed in our direction. I find it ironic that the apartment we moved from had to lose so many good people because they decided to stop taking section 8 (my husband and I weren't among them) but now in the land of layoff and job loss everyone is on section 8 and can't move because they can't afford what they have now. You truly are blessed people aren't being treated like a business deal.
• Jacksonville, Florida
With most people this is the case. But since we are a senior living facility on a fixed income, with a private property ownership....we have a few extra perks. Their vision was to make sure that low-income elderly could enjoy the same quality living...that others in a higher income bracket.can enjoy
• Jacksonville, Florida
We do pay our own electric, but they just give us a little extra help to take care of it. We also buy our own groceries too. However there is a ministry that comes by bimonthly and anybody that wants to sign up for groceries can. So I usually do to help make my budget last longer. But now I've just got too much of an overflow, I have to stop for a while. Our rent goes up every year unless some loses their income, but it's based on the cost of living and it never goes over the 30% less the allowance and medical expenses we have. So it's really a nice setup.