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Disability Grants To Help Jenny With Multiple Disabilities Find Affordable Housing

by Jenny Truman
(Greenfield, Ohio, USA)

Jenny With Multiple Disabilities Seeks Disability Housing Grants
Jenny With Multiple Disabilities Seeks Disability Housing Grants
I am 32 years old, about to be 33 in November. I am single and I focus mainly on my family.

I help out my mother around the house. She and my dad both work 12-hour days so I do the housework and watch my brother's kids.

They live between here and my sister in-law's place, though they are mainly here because of her work as well.

I have no children of my own, but I have my cat named Robert (Bobby). We also have six other outside/inside cats and five outside dogs.

My parents are about to sell this house and move into my grandpa's house. He died last January. It is a tiny house out in the woods.

I would like to be able to afford my own apartment, but I only get $600 a month from SSI. So there is really just no way I can do it on my own.

I live in Greenfield Ohio and there aren't very many government houses around without a waiting list that goes on for years.

I'll probably have to move with my parents to the country, which is fine with me, but I would have to have my room in the basement, which isn't finished. I have come to terms with that.

It would just make me feel a lot better to have my own place. Although I would still have to travel back and forth to help my mom with the house.

If I had my own place, the three kids could stay at my house and give my parents a well deserved break.

Disability Issues

I have been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.

I started seeing/hearing/smelling stuff not long after puberty. I didn't really know anything was wrong with me, I just thought our house was haunted.

I saw a couple of counselors when I was a teenager but didn't go for very long. Around the age of 19, I started to get into drugs and basically self-medicate.

I was engaged to LaMar Gillenwater for about a year but it was a very abusive relationship. We were both on drugs badly and I just couldn't stand the violence anymore and ended up leaving him on October 22.

He hung himself on October 25; I didn't find him until the 27. That has always haunted me and now I am afraid of the dark and have insomnia because I have terrible nightmares of finding him or him still being alive.

As the years went on I got deeper into drugs and went to prison for "assembly" because I was allowing people to make meth in my home.

I did 16 months in Marysville Ohio and got out in April 2016. I have stayed clean and can proudly say I have been sober for over two years.

Financial Hardship

I get almost $600 a month for SSI and $64 a month in food stamps.

I'm unable to work well because of my disabilities so all I have is SSI and that is a blessing to me.

I do not drive any more because of the stress it causes me. If I need to get some place I rely on my sister in-law, aunt, uncle or mother. Most of the time I just walk if the place I need to go is in town.

Income Efforts

I got approved for SSI on February 12, 2011.

That is really all the income I have. I do not work well because of my disabilities.

My mom and dad help me out with anything I need that I do not have enough money for.

I do not ask for money from the community or anything like that.

I do go to a church, but I could never ask for a handout from them or anyone else, for that matter.

I could never ask friends for any money either.

I"m not prideful or anything along those lines, I just know that times are tough everywhere and that they have money issues as well and families to take care of.

Specific Needs

I would really appreciate it if I could get a small grant to be able to afford housing or maybe be able to buy a small house.

With housing money, all I'd have to worry about would be the bills, for which I could get help with from the government.

I could also use some advice on how to be able to get on my own feet with or without the grant. I do not want a lot of money, just enough to be able to buy upfront a tiny run down place maybe.

I get $64 a month for food stamps. It would help to have more to help me buy food and house things like shampoo and stuff.

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Aug 16, 2018
Reach for the Stars Jenny ... :)
by: Katina Woodruff

Hello Jenny,
First, let me tell you that I believe you are an incredibly strong woman, who has a lot more talent then you know. Taking care of children and animals seems to be a very strong skill that you have, not everyone can care for children and animals.
I have several disabilities myself, the worst is chronic pain, however I was able to enroll in college with grants and scholarships after writing an essay about my life story and seeking assistance from disability assistance at school. I am mentioning school because I believe in my heart if given the access (transportation) and support from your peers and family, you should always consider seeking education or a skilled training facility, maybe for a pet behavior specialist, childcare professional, etc. My first training in school came when I went after my G.E.D, I’m also learning disabled, dyslexic and have very bad vision. Being a student was extremely challenging, however they have scholarships, work study programs, lots of grant options for getting funds for housing, transportation, even child care.

Also, they have a program sponsored from the Social Security Administration called: Ticket to Work. It’s basically a program that helps evaluate all your skills, education level and places you with an employer who is working with SSI to help give disabled workers a chance to prove themselves. While the schooling and work may not be the first option for you, I would definitely keep these ideas in your mind for a later date. Believe me, if I was able to attend school, driving a hundred miles a day, some times I would have to pull into the emergency lane and cry, rub muscle cream on my neck and low back, do some stretches, and then take a long deep painful breath, then I would pray that the pain would lesson. Eventually, I got low back surgery, yet the pain in my cervical spine haunts me.

My husband and I found out that anyone could start their own LLC, or corporation, or non-profit organization for less than $600.00, we are starting a butterfly and wildlife sanctuary. It began during one of my long bouts with depression, I just found something I enjoyed doing and kept doing it. It has taken many years to be where I am today.
Something about your story really inspired me to write today. Animals are so valuable to a person with any type of mental health disorder, or for anyone. We have a family of raccoons living near us, I became friends with one raccoon who we thought was a male, then one day, while crying and talking to this little animal, out popped one baby raccoon, then another, then another. The raccoon had six babies and didn’t let them come out until they were old enough. Long story short, being around the wild animals like birds, butterfly’s, rabbits and raccoons outside is a great way to ease depression. You could also volunteer at an animal shelter (if well enough) and in time, that is a great way to make some great connections that could give you a wonderful job.

I don’t know what tomorrow holds for my dream wildlife sanctuary, but if you have a dream to reach for, it makes getting out of bed in the morning a lot easier.

My sincerest wishes for you on your recovery, and for your long-term goal setting. You can do anything.
Katina Woodruff Borgersen

Jul 30, 2017
Stay Positive
by: Holland Green

Hi Jenny,

First I would like to tell you that I really appreciated your cat's name -- Robert. I have thought about getting dog like a labradoodle and naming him Robert too believe it or not -- after my ex-girlfriend's stepdad.

It is important to stay positive. The whole world has problems and people are inspired by those that overcome them. With the right mindset and attitude great insight can be gained from your struggles and you can overcome them.

I watched a Google Tech Talk on YouTube called Be Your Own Therapist. It was a talk at their headquarters given by a Buddhist nun. Its interesting. Give it a look!

Best Wishes,


Jul 30, 2017
Lots of prayers
by: John

Hello Jenny,

This is a shame! I never understood the government and why us disabled people have hard times because of them. My prayers go out to you and your family. I and my wife have 4 animals as well. But they are all inside animals. We do understand what you are going through. We are struggling as well. It would be nice to own a home as well. We are facing to be homeless. So if you have a place be thankful for it. I and my wife live in Ohio also and go to church. We are strong believers of God and all He stands for. So we all will say a prayer as well.

John and Lavilla

Jul 30, 2017
The Workbook is next...
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hello Jenny,

Congrats on getting your story published! In doing so, you've acquired valuable hands-on experience in responding to precise instructions, the very kind that you will encounter when applying for help of any kind.

You've now earned the right to access the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to getting the help you need.

Don Coggan

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