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Fibromyalgia Disabled 57 Year Old Woman Seeks Housing Repair Grant

by Cathy Ann Buchholz
(Abbotsford, Wisconsin, USA)

My name is Cathy and I am 57 years old with three children. I am also blessed with five wonderful grandchildren.

In the early 1980s my children and I were abandoned, homeless with no means of a livelihood.

I raised my beautiful children myself while going back to college to complete my BS degree in education.

I have taught emotionally disturbed and special needs children for over 20 years. I start with this information to tell you how very hard it is for me to seek help from outside sources. I have always tried to only rely on myself.

My story began in 2006 with undeniable severe pain that was eventually diagnosed as fibromyalgia. I then moved into my childhood home with my mother. The situation became very stressful and the pain increased threefold.

I then moved into a 1978 camper until the weather was below zero. I then moved in with my daughter and her children.

As much as I love my family dearly, they just don’t understand the torture of pain I endure every day.

When my mother moved into an apartment, I moved back to my childhood home because I had nowhere else to go.

I have had years of severe situational depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. To a degree I have become agoraphobic.

I take medication that renders my daily activities to a mode of systematic thought processes and delayed mental acuity.

I receive radio frequency ablations approximately every six months to allow me to walk without a great deal of pain.

I receive disability payments. Due to huge past debts incurred while filing for disability and attorney fees, I have very little left over to update my living environment.

My plea is for a grant to help establish a healthy, safe, viable living situation. Some home issues:

1-The basement has pockets of mold
2-Front and back porches are rotting away.
3-Interior is not handicap accessible (bathrooms, kitchen etc.)
4-Beams in dining and living areas are sagging.
5-Windows and insulation are non-energy efficient.
6-Rain seeps in basement.
7-Garage roof is caving in.

Thank you for your time and consideration, Cathy Ann Buchholz.

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Sep 15, 2010
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Housing Grants in Wisconsin
by: Katina

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/wisconsin

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

Katina from Accessible.org

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