Disability Benefits To Help MS Disabled Man With Home Down Payment
by David Schultz
(Natrona Heights, PA, USA)
My name is David Schultz. I am 49 years old and live with my wife, Kim, who is 47. We currently live in a "senior high rise."
The building is wheelchair accessible, but not the apartments themselves. The apartment is very small, and not accommodating to my needs.
I would like more than anything to have a small home and yard of my own.
I had to sell my previous house because it was too large, and I could not get to the second floor.
I have multiple sclerosis. I was diagnosed 20 years ago, and started showing symptoms approximately 22 years ago.
I continued to work as a meat cutter for five years without telling my employer or coworkers about my illness because I didn't want to be treated differently.
I finally had to quit due to the fact that I could no longer walk, or see properly.
I also have degenerative disc disease and severe arthritis, and I am legally blind.
I am not able to get around my apartment freely because the apartment is not wheelchair accessible.
I am currently on SSDI and receive $1133 a month.
I don't have the money to put a down payment or to pay the closing costs to purchase a home.
I have no outstanding credit card or any other bills.
I do not own a vehicle due to the fact that I cannot drive.
I am fortunate in the fact that I do not have to pay co-pays, but I recently discovered that I need hearing aids, and my insurance would only pay for one. I am currently unable to afford the other hearing aid.
The only income I receive is from SSDI.
I am unable to work due to my MS. I am legally blind, and I have very poor hand-eye coordination.
I have no trunk support, so I am unable to sit up without some type of support.
This is the first time I am applying for a grant, and I do not know how to go about asking for donations.
I am seeking help with the down payment and closing costs in order to purchase a home that would be more accommodating as to where I now live.
The rooms are extremely small, the counters and cabinets are not wheelchair height and I have a porch that I cannot get onto.
I also do not have a walk-in shower. We requested one, and they did a "cut-out," which I am unable to use due to the fact that I cannot stand up or lift my leg.
I am asking for some help and a break so that I might be able to live a little more comfortably.