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Unexpected Rent Tripling Creates Financial Worry

Single mother of an adult son came to IFCS for assistance with her utilities. The client stated that she required assistance due to the fact that she had fallen behind on her utility payments.  She stated that her financial difficulties stemmed from the fact that her rent tripled for six months due to an issue with the housing authority, which added a severe strain to the family’s budget. Her adult son also stated that he was unable to assist with the rent due to his car payments. This woman is disabled, and her son stated that he recently left his job due to the fact that he needed to be available as her caretaker. He stated that they are willing to rehire him at his job if his mother’s condition improves enough for him to return to work. She reported that she has been interfacing with the housing authority and has managed to get her rent lowered, which improves her future financial prospects.

The client’s budget is currently $286 in the negative each month. Her biggest expenses are rent at $299 a month, phones at $180 a month, and tobacco at $150 a month. She was encouraged to look into subsidized phones and to attempt to quit smoking so that she can reduce her spending on tobacco products. If her son is able to return to work the client’s financial situation would likely improve significantly.

The client’s total balance and past due are both $995.89. IFCS agreed to pay the entire past due balance using EOC funds.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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