I want to start by saying, thank you for taking your time to read my campaign and consideration in donating. God Bless you all.
My name is Raven Marlett, and I am a single disabled mother of four. My two oldest are 22 and 21, and live on their own in other states. I have my two youngest daughters, ages 16 and 9, and they are my whole world. My 9 yr old is Autistic and an Eloper, which has added to the challenge, but I am constantly in awe over her.
So, our world got turned upside down, when my landlords decided to evict me, for withholding rent. I withheld rent from them, because I had 3 1/2 months straight of issues with my water heater and severe water leaks under our 3 bedroom 2 bath mobile home. My electric and water bills skyrocketed and I was unable to pay the electric bills and my rent.
I opted to pay the Electric bills that ranged from $400 to $615 each month. They were previously around $140 to $150 a month. When I complained and showed proof of my outrageous bills, they blamed it on me, for being disabled and home 24/7. So on June 17th, 2019 at 10am in the morning, a Sheriff arrived, along with the landlord and some guys. They proceeded to throw out everything I owned, onto the side of the road in the rain.
We have zero family here in Florida and the Family Shelter has been beyond full, with a waiting list, since Hurricane Michael last year. So I had no choice but to stay in hotels. We spent the first night in the car, in our churches parking lot. I could barely sleep, as I was distraught over losing everything I had worked hard to make over the last few years. The only belongings we could take, was some clothes, our service dog, Rosie, and blankets/ pillows.
I have been using my disability money, favors and occasional donations from friends, strangers, family and my hard earned money from driving for UberEats and DoorDash. I have been in and out of the hospital with heart issues and infections. I also have now fractured my left ankle about 3 1/2 months ago. Despite all this, I am forced to work every day or night, driving for UberEats and DoorDash. So I can pay for our hotel and food. I have to work with a brace on my foot.
My body is wearing down quickly after almost 5 months of being homeless. We have lost out on several great places, due to the eviction going onto my credit, not even 3 weeks after the judge signed the order. On top of it all, the state took away the girls state aid and our food stamps, due to me working for DoorDash. I’m struggling to stay afloat
I have so much more to say and explain, but I don’t want to write a book. I am happy to show proof of anything you require, if you need. I would be extremely grateful for your help with any donation and prayers!