The problem with that is that our rent is being raised for the third time in three years. We can barely afford our 2-bedroom as it is but it's necessary to have a room for our girls to sleep in ;)
We can't afford to move to a cheaper apartment community due to the fact that I still haven't found a job and the leasing offices want proof that you make at least 2.5-3 times the rent amount before they let you move in. With Daniel's income alone we make enough but not enough to meet that requirement. It is so frustrating because we know that if I was working it would be fine and we would get in no problem. My job loss is only temporary but unfortunately the two realities are colliding at an inopportune time.
Another issue with staying in our current apartment is a noise issue with a neighbor. We have spoken to the manager many times and she has spoken to the tenants each time, with relatively little improvement on their part. This noise has made Emma regress in her ability to go to sleep on her own because now she is scared when she hears the noises. It wakes her up often and it is also not comfortable to live with in the rest of our home.
We are talking to our manager today about options, such as moving within the complex to a different apartment. The only problem with that is that we would need to take a rent increase because all of the vacant apartments are being upgraded.
We aren't sure what to do and would really appreciate prayer in our quest to find the best financial situation for our living needs.