Arlene - posted on 09/19/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )
My niece recently moved in with me along with her 18mo old son. She is not married to the father of baby and refuses to help her in any way. A Dead Beat A$$ all the way! She caught him with another girl in their bedroom and he replies, "You knew this was going to happen so what's the big deal?" She doesn't want her son exposed to this type of environment so she left and moved in with me. My apartment is very small and she had nowhere else to go. I've advised her to seek all the necessary resources available from Social Services. Her 1st step was Public Assistance, unfortunately she was denied stating she had "excess income" The girl works only 27hrs a week and earning $1000 a month. They didn't even consider that she had Car and Insurance payments, Cellphone, Gas for car, School Loan and expenses for her son (childcare, clothing, food, etc). What can I do? Should I charge her for room and board, help with Utilities? However, she'll have to be responsible for her own food as well as my great nephew. I also live paycheck to paycheck with 2 kids of my own. Should i write a notarized letter so she can resubmit the application for NYS Public Assistance? Oh and she was also denied Food Stamps. She will also be filing Child Support but I believe he works as a server at a restaurant in the Mall. Advice/Thoughts anyone???