'Extreme Makeover’ Debt Edition! Family Featured On TV Show Files For Bankruptcy

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Jan. 10 2017, Updated 12:07 p.m. ET

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William and India Dickinson received the house of their dreams on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, but can exclusively reveal that they haven’t been able to keep up with their new abode!

William, 43, filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy petition in October 2016 after attending credit counseling. He claimed he owed 1-49 creditors anywhere from $100,0001 to $500,000 — the same amount he had in assets.

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He only had $5 in cash, $287.29 in a checking account and $15.26 in a joint savings account at the time of filing.

William still received money from the military as well, but listed that he now works as a tech advisor.

He claimed in the explosive filing that he only makes $5,056.87 per month, while his expenses are $3,870.51.

The case is still open, and the Dickson family’s episode aired in May 2011.


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Ty Pennington remodeled their Beaufort, S.C. home while Dickinson was in combat overseas to fix their daughter Sophia’s chronic illness from the mold they discovered.

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