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Sun May 14, 2017, 11:34 AM

10. The couple I know lives in the cheapest rentals they can find

Often they are afraid to report any problems to the landlord since some of the properties should have been condemned. Most of the places have been so bad students won't rent them - usually 40-50 year old mobile homes with the floors rotting out, bad windows, no air conditioning, etc. The last one was two miles past where the city buses go so after each of them had a stroke and the wife congestive heart failure, it was difficult since neither could walk to the bus. My husband drove them everywhere.

Last year my husband helped them move into the best housing they have had in thirty years - half of a duplex on a very busy through street. The first week they lived there, my husband brought them to our house to take showers since there was no hot water in the unit. It is actually a real building, not a trailer, with brick siding, windows that are not coming loose from the walls as the walls rot. A major advantage is that the city bus comes up the street the house is on so they can sometimes get places on their own. Since the wife has mobility problems that make it hard to get on and off the bus, my husband or another friend provide transport as often as possible.

I hope your cousin doesn't end up homeless after his mother passes. It might be too late to do anything about it, though.

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