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Disabled Mother Of Three Seeks Housing Grant Money For Home Repairs

by Sue Jackson
(Danville, Georgia, USA)

My name is Sue. I am 41 years old and the mother of three children. I was blessed to be a parent because I was sterile from endometriosis and never thought I would have kids.

When I was 27 and going through my first divorce a lady gave me a two-month-old baby and offered me a two-year-old little girl at that time too.

I couldn't take both children but my aunt took the little girl. I did a single parent adoption and life was better than it had ever been.

When my son turned six, this same lady came back and gave me two more kids: a four-year-old little boy and an 11-year-old little girl.

I wasn't sure financially how I was going to do. I was just determined that these kids would grow up together and know each other.

We managed quite well for a while and things moved along pretty good, until 2005 when we lost our home to repossession, which was devastating.

It was really hard for me with three kids and a husband who is disabled with a back injury to have to move in with my parents in their two-bedroom mobile home (my uncle lives there with my parents).

We were cramped and crowded but at least we had a roof over our head. In 2007, I suffered a light brain stroke and was hospitalized for 21 days and it just seems that since then my health has plummeted down hill.

I am on 18 medications a day. I have heart trouble, pulmonary hypertension, left ventricle hypertrophy, tricuspid insufficiency and factor-five mutation Leiden.

I have good days and bad days as we all do. Making a long story short, we eventually got a house after living with my parents three years.

It's a nice home and I'm proud of it but it needs some work that I cannot afford on my own.

It needs underpinning and a better roof and I would love to have a front and back porch. We could use another room added on but we can also make do without one.

I don't really know how these grants work but would love for someone to help me and tell me how because I would love to know that at my death our home would be fixed and my kids would always have a decent home.

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Sep 15, 2010
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Housing Grants in Georgia
by: Katina

Congratulations on making the effort to submit your story to Accessible.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:

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

HUD Housing Assistance
http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/states/georgia

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

Katina Woodruff
from Accessible.org

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