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Disability Grant To Help Blind Mother Make Essential Home Repairs

by Tara Bell
(East Lansing, Michigan, USA)

I am a 29-year-old married mother of three kids. My disability is that I am blind.

My husband is employed full time at minimum wage, but with my disability and myself not being able to work, we're hurting and I am seeking help.

Our home needs new stuff such as countertops, windows and doors. The steps leading inside are broken and need to be replaced.

We don't have money to make any repairs and that is why I am seeking help.

Disability Issues

I am blind and it is very hard for me to work around the house and do a lot of the things that need to be done.

I am asking for the help to get the funds I need to help not only myself but my family as well.

Financial Hardship

We do not have that much money especially raising three kids in school ages 10, 12 and15.

We do what we can one day at a time. My children have a roof over their heads, are fed daily and are happy with their lives.

Our house needs work done on it. We would just like to try and make the improvements to our home for safety. That's all.

We have a home we are buying that is $650 a month and on top of that we have vehicle insurance payments plus other costs.

Income Efforts

My SSI disability payments began in 2010 at $710 a month.

My husband is employed full time at minimum wage and he brings home about $220 a week. It may seem a lot but when bills are paid it leaves us with nothing

We do get food stamps a little bit and it helps.

Specific Needs

I am just trying to seek help with a grant to make the minimal fixes and repairs that our home needs.

I usually do not do this and I am not asking for sympathy. It's just that I need help to make the repairs to my home.

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Jan 27, 2013
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Lost in Lansing
by: Ken

Hi Tara,

Sorry to hear about your situation. So many are hurting these days. It is really an employer's market out there. People who would usually make $12 per hour are now getting $7. There are some programs out there that may be of help. Try this site, which has some good information:

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/michigan

Have you tried looking into the National Institute for the Blind in your county? They may have some advice on different programs as well. I wish I could help, but, my wife and I are in poor shape as well.

Take care,
Ken

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