DISABLED CONTRACTOR FRAUD VICTIMS NEED HOME PLAN, PERMIT AND DESIGN AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. THE SKAGIT COUNTY PERMIT CENTER HAS SEND AN ORDER TO ABATE, BUT WE WERE ABLE TO GET ONE LAST BUILDING PERMIT EXTENSIONS. WE ARE BEING THREATENED WITH FINES AND POSSIBLE EVICTION NOW. NEED HELP ASAP!
I have tried to contact HUD, but I am told we are "over income" by their guidelines. My husband is a disabled veteran who will need to have major surgery very soon. I am also disabled from a medical treatment , but still pending a social security hearing and have no income at this time.
I think this whole ordeal began because we got married and that made us "over income" by HUD and other government standards. We can't make it much longer. Our credit cards are mounting rapidly just trying to keep this place, buy food and attempting to pay the bills.
My husband now (boyfriend then) hired a licensed and bonded contractor, since I was awarded this home from a divorce settlement and then found out the foundation was caving in and the fireplace was unusable. The licensed and bonded contractor was Erick dba WLAM Construction and Roofing from Arlington, Wa.
We have heard that after Washington state Labor and Industries suspended his license in mid December 2004 after several members of L & I and a person from the Mount Vernon permit center came to our home to see the horrible condition the contractor us to live in.
The contractor left our home in a "demolition state" without a kitchen, bath or even running water. We are currnetly living in a tent in the main living area since the contractor took the wallheaters out. Erick H. Millholland lost his contractor license mid December 2004 and now has fled the state.
We can't get financing to do the desperately needed repairs to make our home safe and up to current codes, since the house is not finished and we don't have enough income. We are the victims of a horrendeous crime yet we can't get any help from anyone.
I believe we are all on this earth to help each other during both good times and the "not so good" times. The contractor did not get any building permits nor did he build anything up to current standards, most of the materials were used or substandard. The roof is not structurally sound and the electrical and plumbing, is not up to code and poses a risk to us as occupants. If we can't live here or get any help from someone, we will be homeless and disabled.
I feel that we are "falling between the cracks" of a system that is supposed to help people during their time of need. I am at the point almost giving up, since we cannot get help from any government agency. Is there anyone in our local building industry or housing agency who can help us?
Ed and Cheri