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Old 03-30-2011, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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I am a mother of two children, one 2 1/2 and the other 2 months, and I receive SSI benefits. I can't hold down a job, so it's really hard to find a good place to rent from, because most places need you to make a few times the rent, don't accept co-signers, or require the co-signer to make massive amounts of money. In any case, I'm looking for a place that is in a good place (good neighbors, walking distance to stores because I don't drive) so I don't have to worry about my children. For awhile I'll be living with someone, but he will be called into the navy at any time. He will be sending back money, but I want a place at no more than $600 to ensure I will be able to pay rent no matter what.

I am really curious what the best places to look at would be, because all the reviews I find of potential places have massive complaints about apartment quality, infestations, staff, and crime. A place I really wanted to rent were the apartments at Essington Village, but they require you to make 3 times the rent, OR your co-signer has to make 5 times the rent plus have a credit score of 750. That is ridiculous!

Any help will be greatly appreciated, as right now I'm stuck in the basement floor of my mother's house and it is just not a big enough place for two growing children.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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Why can you not hold down a job? Most places that represent what you are looking for expect you to have a good rental history, good credit and solid income. Being on SSI could be fine with the income, I guess it just depends on how much and if you get supplemented for your children.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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The disability for which I receive SSI is why holding down a job is s difficult. 3 months is the longest I could ever stay in one.

I probably have no credit, not bad credit, and my rental history is fine. The money I get for my children doesn't count as "income" to some rental places. . . I really just need a place that accepts a co-signer, because I will need one unless I get a roommate.
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