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February 10th, 2021|

My dad was a Vietnam war veteran and worked hard all his life. He became a widower in 1998, but eventually remarried and had a daughter—my sister. After a couple of years of living in a small trailer house, he and his wife had a Jim Walters home built on his wife’s property in Pleasanton, Texas, in early 2000. After 17 years of happiness, the mortgage company sent a notice that the property taxes were behind, and that they were going add the total to the bill.

Monthly payments for a 30-year fixed mortgage were $357 per month, but after the property taxes were added, the amount became over $1,500. There was no way dad could pay this amount living on his fixed income of $957 per month from SSI. Eventually foreclosure and an eviction notice were given in September 2017, so my dad lost his house for which he worked so hard for. My dad and I found a rental house for $1,100 per month and signed a year lease. Then when the lease was up, the rent increased to $1,500 per month. Once again, we could not afford an increase of that amount, so we left Pleasanton for a smaller house for $900/monthly in San Antonio, Texas. But after a year, we moved again due to a mouse infestation, to a better rental home for $1,000 per month.

My dad was hospitalized three times in 2020, and he was wheelchair-bound after having his leg amputated in March 2020. His health suffered more and more, and in December 2020 he and I tested positive for Covid-19. I recovered, but he did not and passed away on January 5, 2021. Now I am faced with eviction next month because Dad is no longer with us and his income from SSI is no more. What are we suppose to do now?