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31 Year Old Single Mother Fears Eviction And Seeks Housing Assistance

by Melissa Rodriguez
(New Haven, CT, USA)

I'm a single mother (31) with two boys: Tyron 3 and Issaiah 13. My 13-year-old has been living with cerebellar ataxia (rare condition) since he was eight months old and the downfall for this disorder is too long of a list to name.


I have been working full-time jobs before my first son was born. He received Social Security benefits till May 2008. The reason it stopped is that I got a raise at work and for putting in overtime.

I could not receive assistance due to my income being $26,000 a year. I tried to survive but it's hard paying $900 for rent $400 for daycare, $400 for food.

I have tried all avenues and no luck... Section 8, HUD, food stamps, my income is just too high for help?

As far as their fathers are concerned, Tyron's father was put in jail for trying to provide for his son not the right way, but he did pay for most of what his son needed but I don't have that anymore. Unfortunately Issaiah's father passed away when he was very young.

I'm now in the process of getting evicted for the first time from a slum landlord. I would reach out to my family but I was a ward of the state at the age six so that's a dead end.

I'm scared and alone. Please help.

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Housing Grants in Connecticut
by: Katina from Ability-Mission.org

Congratulations on making the effort to submit your story to Ability-Mission.org.

With the publication of your story, you are now well on your way to:

1. Getting your story known to a wide audience that could help you.

2. Getting your story polished up and presentable so you can submit it elsewhere, including the White House.

As a disabled person myself, I can sympathize with your situation and I definitely understand your need for help.

I've done a bit of research and found these resources for you:

HUD Housing in Connecticut
http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal
/HUD/states/connecticut

NRCSHHM
National Resource Center on
Supportive Housing and Home Modification
http://www.usc.edu/dept/gero/nrcshhm/directory/

Please let us know if the resources have helped you in any way.

Katina from Ability-Mission.org

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