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Disabled Woman Struggling To Survive Without Air Conditioning

"I just need help to get my air fixed, that's it."  

Box fans, round fans, and floor fans are the only way 50-year-old Sharon Troutman bears the heat right now.

"I get under the fan, I go places where its cool or I just get in a cold shower and I put the kids in a cold bath," Troutman said.

Her mobile home's central air conditioner broke three weeks ago and needs to be replaced.

"One said $3,000, one said $1,800 to $1,900. A lot of money, that I don't have," Troutman said.

That's because her fixed income is only $623 a month.

She says several friends have offered to buy window AC units for her mobile home. But all of those units won't do Troutman any good. Why? When she moved to Highland Parks eight years ago, she signed an agreement saying that window units will not be permitted under any circumstance.

"I knew when I moved in here, if we wanted to live somewhere nice, we was gonna have to abide by the rules," Troutman said.

But those rules are leaving her and her grandchildren sweating, day in and day out. The combination of her medical problems, and the extreme heat, add up to situation that sometimes seems unbearable.

"Sometimes, but I know God will take care of me, Keli. He always takes care of me," Troutman said.

She just hopes He'll help a few days more, until someone else can.

Highland Park manager Loreen Ewing told us she regrets the she cannot allow Ms. Troutman to have a window air condition. Her statement to WLOX goes onto say, "Our residents live in a well-kept neighborhood, in which they show pride of home ownership by following the rules. I appreciate Ms. Troutman for adhering to the community guidelines, although I do hope Ms. Troutman will receive the assistance she needs to repair her air conditioning unit."

If you would like to help Ms. Troutman with a new central air conditioner, contact her at 228-238-2381.

By Keli Rabon

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