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Currently I live in Belleview, south of Ocala, where I commute three days a week to Shands in Gainesville. I am a single mom of a 5 year old son who starts kindergarten in the fall.
Because of the distance, I applied at the Villages Hospital nearby and have been offered a job there, BUT it comes with a significant pay cut. Affordable housing options seem to be elusive, as I don't qualify for the rent controlled places, but the other places are equal to what I pay for the house in Belleview - which I do not think I can afford with the pay cut.
SO, my other option is to move to Gainesville when my lease is up, keeping my current job.
However, I have ZERO family or friends in Gainesville and have a five year old son that needs care. I have to be on the floor at 0630 a.m. and get out around 8 ish. I also have to work two weekends a month.
Housing costs seem to be equal - but without the cost of gas, or the pay cut, I think I can swing that. I am considering the Hidden Oak Elementary school area - and could use some advice on apartment units there around $800 a month for 2 bedrooms.
Also - I see prices on what people are charging for nanny/sitter services and can't fathom paying that much when I work 12+ hr shifts. And I can't seem to find any daycare centers that are open the hours I would need that early in the morning in, til that late, in my school district.
I have to make a decision by 9 a.m. on Monday and I just keep bouncing back and forth between staying near family and praying I find an affordable rent (and dealing with the pay cut and boring position) or keep my job, move to gainesville, and figure out the child care situation.
All input is appreciated.
I'm a single mom with the same issue. My five year old boy will start kindergarten this fall. Meanwhile, I'm a legal professional and we certainly don't keep banker's hours. I thought "Brandy's Proud Mom"'s comment above was really on point. When I first got to Gainesville I considered that as well, (rooming with another single Mommy that is). Housing was (and still is) affordable and I didn't have childcare problems at the time so I passed on the idea. But I would be willing to consider it now as my career is going full swing. Any Gainesville local mommies who have similar advice or even know someone open to the idea of rooming with another single mom or doubling (or tripling) up on childcare, please send an e-mail to:
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