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Government Grant To Help Diabetes Disabled Woman Get Independent Living

by Cynthia Hunt
(Otisville, Michigan, USA)

I go by Cindy. I am 58 years old and I've been divorced from my husband for many years.

I have three grown sons: the oldest is 36, one is 29 and a disabled army medic and the youngest is 22.

I have two grandsons ages 15 and 9 and two granddaughters ages 8 and 2. Family is very important to me but since I don't drive, I keep in touch with family members via phone or Internet.

I'm a business college graduate and I've worked retail and fast food for 25 years.

I have two eight-year-old female cats named Tillie and Sunday. I have been fostering them for five years for my niece and her husband serving in the US Army in Germany.

I love to read, watch PBS and go to church.

Disability Issues

In 1990 I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in the last trimester of the pregnancy of my last-born son.

In 1995, I became sick and was diagnosed with full-blown Type 2 diabetes. In 1998 I was hospitalized for complications of diabetes.

I lost my job at Walmart, became homeless and went to a women's shelter, lost custody of my youngest son to his father, couldn't finish college, defaulted on student loans and went on state disability.

I got SSDI in 2001. I moved to an apartment where I lived for five years. I had to move because of the landlord selling. I then moved to my current apartment. I've been here eight years, but I now need to move ASAP. The lease ends in July 2013.

I need to move to independent senior living where I can get the help I need. My health has gotten worse with diabetic neuropathy in both legs/feet/hands.

I have cataracts in both eyes and I'm vision impaired.

I walk with a cane but stairs are hard to climb or go down for me. I'm in pain 24/7 and do not sleep well.

Financial Hardship

I have no extra money to move into a handicap apartment with my two cats.

I have not driven since 1998 when I became permanently and totally disabled.

I will never work again.

I have a hard time seeing and even typing this info to obtain grant help for the disabled.

I live in a 2nd floor two-bedroom apartment with no help to do daily domestic chores.

I need a handicap bathtub to be able to sit down in so I don't fall from my numb feet and poor eyesight.

Income Efforts

I have no one to help me family wise because they are all busy with their own lives and rarely come to visit me.

If I want help like going to get my cataract surgery on January 28 I will be paying a church lady for gas to take me.

I've been on a Section 8 waiting list for over seven years and still nothing.

My SSDI check only covers the basic rent, utilities, medical copays, public transportation, etc.

I've barely got enough left to feed my cats and have never taken them to the vet in the five years I've had them.

I will never work again and this makes me sad. It's been 15 years since I've been employed.

Two divorces, college debt, being a single mom, working hard in retail and fast food and not eating right caused me to become diabetic.

I've lost my friends through the years and I'm alone a lot. My sons are too busy with their lives and I don't see them much.

My church knows what I've gone through all these years but doesn't seem to care when I ask for help.

Specific Needs

What I seek is enough money to be able to move to independent living for handicapped seniors.

I also need money for moving expenses.

I don't want to have to give up my cats either. Most apartments now want 300 bucks a piece for pets and then 25 bucks a month for service fees. I don't even have the money to pay a shelter to give them up if I had to.

An apartment housing grant with money to move would be nice. No sympathy please. Just advice.

I'm willing to do the paperwork to seek help once I can see better. I have my second cataract surgery Feb 11, 2013. Thank you for your help. :)

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Mar 16, 2013
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Real Help
by: Bev

Hello, I was in a very similar situation to yours, when I had to move to my current apartment. I didn't have a dime to my name. If you are on SSI, Social Services can help you with moving expenses. They have funding for that. And also, if your church can't or won't help you, ask a different one. Between those two places I got a realtor paid for, a moving truck, several volunteers from the church to pack AND move my stuff and the security deposit paid for. Just don't give up. Keep calling places until you get the help you need. MAKE yourself heard; cry if you have to so they know how bad you need the help. As for your cats, many places accept them. And you don't have to pay all shelters to take them if it came down to that. Good luck to you.

Feb 05, 2013
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Try this
by: Kim Hubbard

Cynthia, I am also an animal lover myself. We have three dogs, no kids. I'm sorry to hear that things are so difficult right now. I encourage you to visit http://www.ability-mission.org/benefits. There you will find instructions on using a government website that asks a series of questions that will give you some answers for funding. Hope this works. Let us know. God Bless!

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