Elderly couple may lose home before Christmas
SAN ANTONIO - An elderly couple says they are about to be kicked out of their home right before Christmas.
Mary Flores and her disabled husband say they have two weeks to come up with more than $60,000.
"We were doing good and then all of a sudden, boom, a couple of years, it just went up," explained Flores.
Flores says she took out a $40,000 loan when she purchased the house. At first, they struggled to make payments of $800 a month. The bank then increased the monthly payments to $1,100.
"That's too much," said Flores. "It's only me working. That's what I make in a month."
At that time, Flores' husband was still working. Now, he has Type 2 diabetes. The illness causes a lack of feeling in his feet and hands, and he can no longer work.
Flores, who is in her 70s, is working at a San Antonio doctor's office to support herself and her husband. Most of her income goes to his medication and mortgage payments.
"I can't do it. I can't do it anymore," Flores said. "I'm running out of strength. I'm going to be 71. I can't do it."
She tried to take out a reverse mortgage but was told her home needed too many repairs. The bank has offered to buy their home, but Flores says it is worth much more than the bank is offering and they have nowhere else to go.
"In other words, they are going to leave us on the streets," said Flores.
The bill for $65,763.98 is overdue. Flores and her husband have lived in the home for more than 45 years, and they now worry they will spend Christmas on the streets.
"Where are we going to get that?" Flores asked the bank officer. "He says, 'Well, start packing right now.'"
If you would like to reach Flores and help her, she can be contacted at 210-732-1773 or 210-336-7538. Or you can donate to her GoFundMe here.