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
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.
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.