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Bad Back Disabled Man Seeks Grant Money For Accessible Home And Van

by Sam E. Deal Jr.
(Bassett, Virginia, USA)

My name is Sam Deal Jr. I am disabled and on oxygen 24 hours a day. I have a very bad back with two slipped disks and two broken vertebras. I also have nephropathy.

I have to use a power chair to get around. We live in a house where the water dried up in the well. The wiring in the house is shorting out. It has burned up our dryer.

The mud in the little water we did have broke our washer. The landlord says he can't fix any of this. He says we need to find somewhere else to live.

He isn't going to fix this house. He says it will cost too much to fix this house. He wants us to find a place by the end of the month. We have nowhere else to go right now.

He wants us to have the power turned off at the end of the month so the other two trailers up on the hill won't have water so he can make them move also. I have the well hooked to our lights.

I have fallen through the bathroom floor. I think I broke my left foot. I have not gone to the doctor yet.

We also don't have a way to haul my wheelchair around so I can't get out much. I only get $751 a month. The light, phone and rent is more than I make so I really don't know what to do any more.

If we are not out by the end of January, we have to pay $260 for rent for February. We can't find a place with no money.

Our landlord doesn't care about any of that. He just wants us to move because the ones in the trailers are not paying their rent. He wants the well house not to have any power, so they will move.

But if we're not out by the 1st we will have to pay the next month rent. We can't do much of anything.

I would like to see if I could get a grant to buy or rent a place and to get a van with a ramp to get around in. I have to use a power wheelchair.

I don't like to ask for any help but we have no choice this time. We are in a bind right now. Thanks for reading this.

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