Grant Funding Will Help Couple With Disabilities Secure A Family Home
by Crissy Foster
(Evart, MI, USA)
Hello, my name is Crissy Marie Foster. I am 32 years old and I have three young children.
I finished high school in 2001 and then started attending college for early childhood education, with special needs endorsements.
My better half, Lance, and I have been together for 12 years. We are not married and he has two daughters.
In 2009, Lance was given some money to buy a home from his adoptive mother. In 2010, we had to move because we had all become sick with lead poisoning.
Since 2010 we have had to pay rent and taxes so we don't lose our current home. We were turned down for help from Healthy Homes Coalition because we far exceeded their funding.
Both Lance and I are disabled and we need a home.
Lance is very lucky to be here. In 1995 he was involved in a car accident. His skull was crushed and he is now missing a lung.
Today he deals with a lot of memory problems and the doctors are concerned that he may be showing early signs of dementia.
I am physically disabled. My spine is in really bad shape. I'm currently on very strong painkillers and I'm only 32.
I won my disability pay after only being turned down once.
We have no way to fix or purchase a home. All we really want is to spread lead poison awareness to others so this doesn’t happen to others as well.
I pray to the Lord above that there is a grant and someone reading this who can feel our pain. As a mother, all I want is a place to call home – a safe home for our children.
We both are trying to live on Social Security benefits. After paying rent, a van payment, insurance, taxes, food, clothing, and household items, we are broke.
Lance and I go without a lot to make sure our children have what they need. Thanks to you for taking the time to read this. God bless you.
We tried getting loans and grants, but we always end up empty-handed. Lance helped to build the church we attended.
Friends wish us luck, but we live in a very small town. Lance and I have talked to the Environmental Protection Agency about lead loans and grants, but left empty-handed once again.
We just need a place to call home, either by fixing up the house we can't live in or by purchasing a doublewide trailer to put on other property that is vacant.
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