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Elderly couple may lose home before Christmas

Elderly couple may lose home before Christmas (Video: Sinclair Broadcast Group)

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 we're doing good and then all of a sudden, boom, a couple of years, it just went up," explained Mary.

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 Mary. "It's only me working. That's what I make in a month."

At that time, Mary's 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.

Mary, 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," Mary told us. "I'm running out of strength. I'm going to be 71. I can't do it."

Mary 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 Mary says it is worth much more than the bank is offering and they have no where else to go.

"In other words, they are going to leave us on the streets," said Mary.

The bill for $65,763.98 is overdue. Mary 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?" Mary asked the bank officer. "He says 'Well, start packing right now.'"

If you would like to reach Mary and help her, she can be contacted at (210) 732-1773 or (210) 336-7538. Or you can donate to her Gofundme here.

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