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Grant Money To Help Arthritis Disabled Grandma With Needed Home Repairs

by Learlean Rockingham
(Port Gibson, MS, USA)

I am a 57-year-old grandmother living in Port Gibson, MS. I have four grown children and 11 grandchildren.

I enjoy helping others, doing crafts to keep busy and reading to keep focused. I have a website for my disability advocate activities:


Disability Issues

I was diagnosed in 2009 with severe degenerative arthritis of the joint and spine, and gout in my feet and ankles. This causes limited mobility.

The pain was so bad I used crutches to walk, until I had knee surgery in 2010.

I had been working jobs requiring standing on concrete for long hours, sometimes as long as 15 hours a day.

I worked as long as I could, a total of 32 years. In 2008 I just had to stop working. I am approved for SSDI.

Financial Hardship

I live on $833 SSDI, which takes care of my immediate needs: food, utilities, miscellaneous for the home.

My car was repossessed in 2009. I have not been able to replace it.

I try to save a little money each month, but have to spend it before the month end.

Income Efforts

I have recently begun working with The Disability Digest as a Disability Advocate, which I am grateful for.

I need to work in the home because of health challenges of getting around. I thank God for my children, who help me when I have needs.

Specific Needs

I am seeking grant help for major foundation repairs to my home

- cracks in the floors and walls

- sinking floors, doors shifted, windows

- two holes more than five feet deep under the foundation

- sewage drain lines that need replacing

- busted drain pipe underground that needs replacing

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Aug 31, 2013
"S" happens in Mississippi
by: Ken

Dear Learlean,

Sorry to hear of your situation. Grants are hard to come by in these hard times. I have searched for and found a site that may be of some use to you:


You will have to contact them to see if you match the criteria to enroll. If you don't meet the criteria, HUD may know some programs that may. If I can find you anything else I will come back.

Good Luck,

Aug 30, 2013
by: Leonard Francis

I really hope you get the help you seek. It sucks that you have to go through all of this.

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