I have been bearing this burden for coming up on 3 years now and I need to get it off my chest before I lose my mind.
In November 2016, my mother (she is in her mid-60s) sold her home and, for some reason, didn't have another place to land lined up. I am not sure who does that, but it happened all the same. I felt it was my responsibility as her only child to give her a place to stay while she figured out her next housing situation. She told me no more than 6 months, if not sooner for her to find something new.
Fast-foward to today. She has been on countless trips to locations across the US blowing through her interest earned on her house proceeds trying to find the next home and has come up empty every time. On multiple occasions, the difference between buying the home and continuing this nightmare was as little as $1500 (which I have offered to give her no questions asked and I get scolded in one fashion or another). She does have a fixed budget to buy a home, which isn't very much, and is on a fixed income for the rest of her life, which again, isn't very much.
I have tried to be patient and give her the time she needs to find the right thing, but after almost 3 years, my patience is now 100% gone. I am in my early 30s and my life feels like it has stalled socially, romantically, and in any other way it can when your own mother has control of your household (I don't have people over because she is here).
What I am really looking for here is some options on what to do. I have read similar stories like mine on this website and one thing that keeps coming up is having to evict her. She doesn't pay rent, though she has covered a couple hundred of utilities a couple of times. (Side note: I own the home that we both live in.) I'd really like to find a solution to this that doesn't require me ruining my relationship with my only living parent, but this is no longer healthy for either of us.
Thank you for your help and advice in advance!