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No wonder

September 9, 2013

It's no wonder we have so many homeless people. I have been looking for affordable places to rent, and honestly can' seem to find any. I'm a single grandma raising three of my grandchildren....

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rmiller

Sep-10-13 10:33 PM

Time to go to bed, when I can't even edit spelling...duhhh

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rmiller

Sep-10-13 10:32 PM

It's a mixed bag...renting versus owning. My husband and I 61 and 74, owned property for years. We lost our home, long nightmare story, and decided to rent. While I inadvertently do pay the property taxes and insurance, along with a sizeable portion no doubt to the mortgage, I don't have to repair. We just had a new hot water heater installed, not our problem. Roof, well pumps, sewage, plumbing, and actually al wear and tear absorbed by the landlord. In today's economy, sometimes folks don't have the extra in the bank to pay an excavator come in if the sewer line breaks, or the furnace needs replace, etc.

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rmiller

Sep-10-13 10:25 PM

Linda,

While I'm a supporter of capitalism, there are times when the inequality is suffocating. For instance, I have no problem with a landlord charging a million dollars a month for two bedroom shack, that's his/her right. What I have a proboem with is that the same landlord is simply price gauging and that's not capitalism, it's simply not ethical. The prices for rent in this area are all over the map, but the average is above the average pay grade in this county. I too agree with you about the rent prices and the properties that are available, more than often they don't collate.

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BornHere

Sep-10-13 10:15 AM

I forgot something, erik is correct that sometimes it is cheaper to buy than to rent.

The family that bought our home in Williamsport, went through HUD, they helped with the down payment and the closing costs. The help is out there for low-income families you just have to look to find it.

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BornHere

Sep-10-13 9:17 AM

Thank you Mim for this information.

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MimLogue

Sep-10-13 8:11 AM

williamsportlandlords on facebook and craigslist there were 148 rentals last Friday in the area, I just rented a nice 3 bedroom on 3rd avefor 750 trash removal and lawn maint include, energy efficient home newer roof , I have a single available and some nice 2 bedrooms coming available,long term working families who are clean and have references 2 years working and renting, if u dont want to give me your information I dont give my home, No dogs It is very hard to find a good tenant that meets this criterea, there are many units available mainly they paying the rent on time is a problem. Its the economy.

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MimLogue

Sep-10-13 8:04 AM

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spike2

Sep-10-13 7:27 AM

Bobbie, I said in the past. I sold mine ten years ago, with the exception of an occupied double. I would have asked for her number if I had a property of an appropriate size.

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spike2

Sep-10-13 7:24 AM

Enigma, please advise what charities help with housing? ARW was a significant help at one time. The demand is so large that they are out of funds at the beginning of the month. Favors Forward is another good charity. They do not help with housing. If you know if a helpful charity that helps with housing, please post.

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USABorn

Sep-10-13 3:09 AM

These might be the children of an area woman who died of breast cancer and whose husband died in Iraq!

But of course, it is always easier to think the worst of people.

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eriklatranyi

Sep-09-13 7:59 PM

There are homes available in our for $50,000 to $75,000. I know that not everyone can afford the down-payment, but such a mortgage is less than $500 per month.

Far less than rent.

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Garben78

Sep-09-13 6:15 PM

Just move on already and ps what fell upon you to bear the responsibility of raising your grand kids I bet you won't say it but I know

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enigma

Sep-09-13 1:31 PM

Just for the record. What has happened to this woman is terrible. I have friends who have had to fill in as parents for their grandchildren because of irresponsible children. This is wrong on so many levels that it defies understanding. First, the children have to feel abandoned by their parents. Then there is the imposition on grandparents that are too old to take on the task. But another crime in this is that the experience of being a grandparent is stolen from these people. Being a grandparent is a joy that cannot be fully enjoyed if you are filling the role of parent. I have no desire to condemn this woman who is doing the best she can for her grandchildren, but if we don't confront the causes of these circumstances, we will only get more and more of this. It is laudable that so many of you would like to help, but wouldn't it be better to prevent such things in the first place?

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enigma

Sep-09-13 1:15 PM

"Some people jack the rents out of greed, others to keep sub-par renters out." - Zippie

Why is it that getting market value for something is greed? If your boss offered you a raise, would you turn it down because you don't want to be greedy? If someone wants to rent to this woman at below market out of compassion, good for them, but it's not greed to ask a fair price. I hope someone steps up and offers this woman suitable housing at an affordable price, but if not, I'm not going to condemn them all as greedy.

Liberal definition of greedy: someone who has more than I do.

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Tgrammiex4

Sep-09-13 11:37 AM

Sadly, this is becoming more common, for whatever reasons. Lots of grandparents are raising kids again. Regardless of where the parents are, I give any grandparents kudos for taking on the resposnsibility. The only other option for some of these kids would be foster homes and God knows there aren't enough of them around.Good luck and prayers to this Grammie, i hope everything works out for her and her grands.

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BornHere

Sep-09-13 11:00 AM

MrShaman, I am NOT a (God-fearing' conservative").

As far as me making an effort, I have already called my church and the Salvation Army, they will be calling the Sun today for more information and I have offered to make a donation for this family.

So what arrangements have you made to help this women and these children???

Why must you be so MEAN.

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 10:25 AM

"I think it's safe, to assume, her's might have been a handwritten-letter." -MrShaman

It's just been my experience, but when it says "Submitted by Virtual Newsroom" at the bottom of the ltte, that generally means via internet." - gavinf56

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I digress (with severely-reddened face).

Good eye!!!!!

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 10:21 AM

"Shaman some people choose to do things because they know it's the right thing to do..." - Capricorn1

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Yeah...I hear "the right thing to do", TOO-often...but, it means different-things to different-people.

TOO-often (it appears), "conservatives" have an overwhelming-tendency to consider TOUGH-"LOVE" as "the right thing to do". More-often-than-not, though, it's all-too-apparent they do so outta sheer-laziness...and, a way to sate their sadistic-tendencies.

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gavinf56

Sep-09-13 10:08 AM

"I think it's safe, to assume, her's might have been a handwritten-letter." -MrShaman

It's just been my experience, but when it says "Submitted by Virtual Newsroom" at the bottom of the ltte, that generally means via internet.

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 10:01 AM

Sep-09-13 9:18 AM

"We go to war overseas in the near future and send our young men and women, there will be a lot of empty places for rent/sale. On the other hand, if we do, they may come here and blow up all the homes and rental units." - Zippie

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Whew!!!!! Your brain (STILL) isn't fully-functioning, BY 9:18 AM??!!!!!!!

Your letter (actually) made sense, to you??

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 9:56 AM

"This is truly someone who needs help and is not receiving it, I respect her for what she is trying to do and I am sorry that I cannot help her." - BornHere

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You could "flag" The Salvation Army (regarding this letter). I'm sure the S-G could make her address available, to them. You could also make a donation, to The Salvation Army, to help "cover" their efforts.

I'm always amazed at how "puzzled" ("God-fearin' "conservative") "Christians" get...when it comes to helping other-people...yet, how CREATIVE they can get, when they figure someone "needs" to be punished.

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Capricorn1

Sep-09-13 9:47 AM

So...you're saying what...that, because "bad choices make for bad circumstances"...she's obligated to stand-IN for her son/daughter, and CARRY those "bad circumstances" in-LIEU-of her son/daughter??? Shaman

Shaman some people choose to do things because they know it's the right thing to do and they have a big heart. Not because they feel obligated. In spite of what you believe, there are still good people in this country, both liberal and conservative. I had to throw that in there because I'm sure a tea party comment was coming next.

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 9:45 AM

"I didn't assume that grandma was the one who made the bad decisions, only that bad decisions had been made. Bad decisions by others can lead to bad circumstances for you. That is why I said that I feel for this 'single grandma'." - enigma

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No, you didn't. You said:

"I agree with Gavin. Where are the parents? These kids obviously had two of them at some point. Why is Grandma raising them? I feel for this woman, but the bottom line is that bad choices make for bad circumstances. Sounds like she's had her share of both."

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It sounded, MORE, like you were rubbing-her-nose in her "bad circumstances"!!!!

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 9:39 AM

"Maybe the writer could tell us what she can afford..." - spike2

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I think it's safe, to assume, her's might have been a handwritten-letter.

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 9:34 AM

"Good luck, gram, hope it works out for you." - nobud74

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I think...rather than "Good luck"...she'd be better-advised to make her appeal to the local Full-Time Christians; The Salvation Army.

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