Homeless Alternative Fund
Organized by: Shannon Benjamin
Thank you for taking the time to read this page. My family and I have been left homeless because we were taken advantage of by "fair-weather" friends and roommates. Last Fall, we lost our home to a fire. When we received our insurance payment for the loss, we paid off debt, found a new place to live and began replacing everything that was lost. A "friend" came up with a great idea to help them with the down payment to buy a home that we would all share. This was a great offer so that our son and unborn daughter would have a house and yard to call their own. Sadly, that investment fell through as the friend did not qualify for a home loan at the time. So we stayed in the apartment. Then that same friend moved into the apartment with us and quit his job. He did get another job a month later, though. In the interim, we also offered to help a family member who was couch-surfing with her infant daughter. A few months later, the friend began to make things hostile and uncomfortable in the apartment and the family member decided that having a social-life was more important than paying bills. We could not cover the rent for everyone and ended up losing the apartment. The friend went to live with other friends and the family member went to live with her mother. Both leaving us high and dry. Now, we are forced to live day to day in a motel. I am generally the sole-bread winner and my husband is a stay at home dad. Since being laid off from my last job as a truck driver, it has been extremely hard for find work because of my pregnancy. My husband has stepped up and been looking for work also. Though my skills are more applicable to the real world, I am unable to utilize them as most employers - even temp agencies - see my pregnancy as a distraction to my performance. My husband's skill set is not really applicable outside of the military, so all he can really apply for is fast food, retail, etc. which so far, all applications have gone unanswered. We are looking for donations to purchase a used RV that we can use as a home until one of us gets a job and enough income to qualify for permanent housing. We are not looking for a RV to travel the country with, so we aren't trying to scam anyone. We are not picky, we will gladly purchase the most economical RV that will suit the family size and needs. As stated, we have a baby on the way (less than 6 weeks now), so we need to bring her home to something better than a cheap motel. At this time, we will sleeping in our car before our daughter is born and most hospitals are not going to let a newborn leave without a permanent home to go to. Any size donation will help and be much appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.