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Season of Sharing helps Bradenton senior with rent amid family health struggles

Updated on December 31st, 2020 Written by Turning Points

Mary Jackson’s struggle to keep up with bills is not new. 

Even before she sought assistance from Turning Points in November, Jackson’s attempts at juggling bills on her limited income was nearly a monthly battle. 

When Jackson received a three-day notice from her landlord in November, she realized it was time to ask for help. 

“I knew I had to go,” Jackson said. “I had asked my children, but they had already helped me one time with rent. So I couldn’t ask them again.” 

Jackson’s only income is her Social Security Disability Insurance, which she said totals about $1,169 each month. Once she pays the rent, she has only $69 left to cover her other expenses — the car payment and phone and internet bills. Her husband, Willie Jackson, receives about $800 a month from his disability insurance.

The Jacksons’ lease at their Bradenton apartment ends at the end of December. She cannot afford to resign the lease and stay another year there, Jackson said. But her options for other housing are limited by her budget.

Read more of Mary’s story at the Herald Tribune –