A married couple, who were both employed full time, came very close to losing their home. He was employed with the Clay County Clerk of Courts and she at a daycare center. The husband became seriously ill with COVID, was hospitalized and put on a respirator. When he was able to go home with an oxygen tank, his wife needed to miss work so that she could stay at home and care for him. As a result, she lost her job at the daycare center. Working with housing counselors from Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA), the couple was able to get support from the Homeownership Assistance Program which provided them with 18 months of mortgage payments. While the man's health has improved to the point that his wife was able to go back to work, he is still using an oxygen tank and not able to return to work yet. It is hoped that at some point he will be ready to return to light duty employment when his oxygen levels permit. JALA staff will continue to work with this couple, exploring re-financing sources to hopefully ensure that they will be able to retain their home.
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