SWFL family in need of ADA-compliant home

Posted at 11:24 PM, Mar 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-25 23:24:42-04

ARCADIA, FLA — What has the last year been like for you?

That's a pretty loaded question for pretty much anyone to answer after like a year like 2020.

But especially for Melody Rawson and her family.

"We moved down here to be with my mom and stepdad so that we can help them, they can help us during the covid," she said.

That question has been even harder to answer for the family because for the last three weeks, they've essentially been homeless.

"And the landlord got angry because my mom violated her lease being that there were more than the two people that were on the lease, he evicted us," he said.

They were downgraded from a four-bedroom place in Port Charlotte to about 10 feet by 5 feet in Arcadia.

"We're just looking for a hand-up to get us into a home and out of this area right now where we are," she said.

Rawson says the family has been saving money and looking for a new place, but they're struggling to find one in their budget that can also accommodate her son who uses a wheelchair.

Right now, they're making do with the ramp on the trailer and a makeshift shower for him outside.

"Yes, my son is in a wheelchair so the kitchen needs to be a little bit bigger so he can get in there and turn around and the bathroom, if it's a walk-in shower and we can get him in there, that's perfect," she said.

Despite the setback, Rawson is hopeful that someone sees this story and helps them find the right fit soon.

And in the meantime, he has this message for others who may find themselves in a similar situation.

"Don't give up, it's a new day tomorrow," she said.

Rawson says her son will also be having kidney surgery soon and she's hoping that they'll find a more permanent home before that happens.

If you're interested in helping, you can call her at 843-455-6146

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