"I don't want to lose my house" ... Disabled woman could be on streets by Christmas
... Disabled woman could be on streets by Christmas
Eugenie Amore is a fighter, she fought for her life surviving three open heart surgeries, and she is now fighting to save her home.
To win this battle, however, she needs the public's assistance as she has been given a three-month grace period to pay off roughly $700,000 in arrears at the National Housing Trust (NHT).
Amore and her family occupy a five-bedroom concrete house which is located on South Road, Kencot, St Andrew. It was purchased in 2007 for $4.5 million.
"I have appeared in the media earlier this year pleading for help, and that was the time I owed the NHT over $1 million. I paid $500,000 since then and I now owe a little over $700,000. In my first published story, persons wanted to help but I didn't provide the NHT account number so I want to give it today. I need to make payments September month end, October month end, and in November," she told THE STAR.
If the arrears are not paid, Amore and her family of four could spend Christmas on the streets as the house is in danger of being sold.
Amore, who is wheelchair bound, said that she still has to pay her monthly mortgage of $37,000, and that while she recognises her responsibilities, paying both expenses is near impossible given her financial constraints.
"The major difficulty I had paying the arrears is because the tenants I rented the house to were not paying consistently. So the little money I collected, I put towards paying the mortgage and cannot cover both mortgage and the NHT arrears," she said.
"I have to thank the NHT with all my heart because they have been so patient with me, and I just want to pay it off so I can have peace of mind and move on with my life."
She has two children and is living with her spouse, but although he is working, his contribution barely fills the gap for the much- needed funds to save her house.
"My spouse is living with me, but it's a little temporary janitorial job and it can hardly help out with anything. Sometimes, it's like he is just working his bus fare to go work and come back. I'm trying to see how best we can overcome these hurdles to clear up this balance to start afresh again. You think it easy to have this heavy load on my heart and head when my heart not 100 per cent already," she said.
She fondly recalled her years as a dressmaker, but stared blankly as her present physical situation prevents her from operating a machine cutting off her major source of income.
"I use to sew but I have to give it up completely because I can't use my foot to operate a machine. I tried other things because I have a little stall at home where I sell like snacks and drinks, but it run down because eventually I have to eat from it and give my daughter lunch money from it. Beg you the little help, please."
For persons wishing to assist Eugenie Amore payments can be made to the NHT accounts 82000331771 or 82000331770. She can be contacted at 783-0173