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The landlord allowed them to say, she said, but gave them an eviction notice about 12 days later because the rent hadn’t be paid.
A few days later, with Moore in a hospital suffering from respiratory issues, Ranta said a FEMA official denied their claim and suggested they apply for a loan. Ranta said that wouldn’t work because she didn’t have a job and Moore’s disability payments weren’t enough.
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Ranta said they had a house lined up, but that fell through when the landlord asked for more rent than they could afford. They checked out a trailer park in the area of North Main Street and Nottingham, but learned it was a rent-to-own enterprise.
“Is FEMA here to help people or not?” she asked.
They have stayed with friends. They have stayed with her youngest son’s family in Centerville (“we would sleep on the floor, the couch. I felt like a hindrance,” she said).
Amee Ranta and Bill Moore are living out of their car these days, 3 months after they lost their Dayton apartment in the Memorial Day tornado outbreak. (Sean Cudahy/Staff)
“We didn’t have the gas money to keep doing that,” Ranta said of the Dayton-to-Centerville treks.
Nowadays, they pull into a lot beside a friend’s house in Dayton, near their old neighborhood, and sleep in the car. She has to stay close to the Dayton address for mail from FEMA.
“I just want something we can afford,” Ranta said. “A place to lay our head.”