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Disabled Man Seeks Financial Assistance For Home And Used Vehicle

by Joe Rightmire
(Dallas, Texas, USA)

I am a 56-year-old male, currently living in Dallas Texas. I am currently living with a friend in a motel room, to avoid being homeless.

I retired from a Housing Authority in 2006. Unfortunately, the stock market fiasco wiped out my retirement funds. This caused me to lose my home and my vehicle.

I have damaged knees and ankles. The injuries occurred over a period of years, but worsened in the last two years.

I was recently declared disabled. I get a monthly payment of $785. However, SSI and Medicaid were denied, leaving me no recourse to medical service.

I am living in a motel room with a friend and have been for over a year while waiting on a decision on my disability.

I have an old car, but it is about to quit. The motor is already knocking.

I do not have credit due to losses of home and vehicle due to stock market fiasco. I can't pay cash for a vehicle due to limited income.

The same is true in regards to getting out of this motel and into an apartment. I can't get over the "hump" to getting a quality of life.

I am limited in additional income due to the SSDI rules and regulations. The only income that I have is the monthly SSDI payment of $ 785.

Medicaid and SSI were denied. The food stamps I did get were reduced to $16 per month, which doesn't buy much food.

I am seeking assistance in the form of a grant to purchase a vehicle compatible with my disability, and to get out of this motel and into an apartment.

I don't need a new vehicle, just a dependable used one. The total of what would be sufficient to accomplish this would be around $10,000.

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Feb 27, 2012
Tough in Texas
by: Ken

Hi Joe,

I have found a lawyer firm that has won awards for pro bono work, they may help you with Medicaid and SSDI, here is their address:


Here is an address that may be able to help with the vehicle:


I am not sure what kind of grants would be available, but if you try to work on these in the meantime, hopefully you can get somewhere. Here is an address for the Dallas area for HUD;


They may find you a place to live other than the motel.

Good luck,

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