- Posted October 2, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Shutdown is Personal
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
We hit bottom when our family of five was living in a 19ft trailer in a friend's front yard. You never think that YOU will be homeless. I have a graduate degree, for goodness sake. We were both willing and able to work. We just couldn't find anything.
When my husband finally got hired on with the DOD, we were thrilled. We were able to rent a small house. We could pay the bills, buy groceries, maybe even get the boys some new school clothes. We felt like this job would be stable. We didn't have to worry about the rug being pulled out from under us again. We could breath.
Now, we are faced with the reality that even our government cannot be trusted to uphold their promise. My husband will go to work this morning and will likely be sent home for who-knows-how-long without pay. While I have a small income, it will not be enough to pay the bills. Our kids are scared that we will not be able to stay in our home. We have no savings - having used it all to survive the last few years. We already lived paycheck to paycheck and now we won't even have that.
We are not the only family that will be affected this way. Thousands of employees in our shipyard alone will be heading home today without pay. Thousands of families in our small community will be wondering tonight how they will be able to make ends meet. They will not be discussing the pros and cons of healthcare - they will be worrying about how to buy groceries and keep a roof over their family.
This is personal. My family has struggled. We have fought. We were winning. But we need an income to continue. And honestly, we need an income a whole lot more than we need healthcare reform.