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Unfair View at KIC?
By Jim Marks


November 07, 2010
Sunday PM

My girlfriend went to KIC today and applied for rental assistance because we are having a hard time making ends meet and the lady that my girlfriend met with, denied her saying I make too much money. To put into perspective our financial situation, we recently had our car repossessed because we could not make the payments. I have a full time job making $11.50 an hour and at the moment I am the only one working because my girlfriend recently had to close her business due to the fact that her clients would not pay her. She is trying to find a job but because she owned a business she cannot apply for unemployment benefits.

I make roughly $1600 a month and our rent is $1300 a month. So, that leaves us $300 a month to pay for food and other necessities like toilet paper, dish soap, laundry soap, not to mention the fact we have to go to the laundromat to do our laundry, which anyone who has gone there knows that is not cheap at all.

So, I ask anyone who is interested in this... how is this fair? KIC offers this kind of benefit to its members, but in my opinion, only to the members who are friends or relatives.

I could be wrong but I don't see how having $300 a month to buy the things we need, which we don't have enough money to even buy that, as me making too much money. How is this fair? How am I making too much money? This is ridiculous at the absolute minimum.

Jim Marks
Ketchikan, AK


Received November 05, 2010 - Published November 07, 2010



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