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Posted on: Jun 25, 2014 11:55AM

bluepalace wrote:

I ran a search for this topic in this group for the past 6 months. Nothing came up.

Are any of you trying to find affordable housing for yourself and a small dog, but Disability isn't enough and you keep trying to find a job? If so, what are doing/did that works?

I was pushed out of work at 46, right after a divorce my ex made ugly and he wrecked out credit to be more spiteful. I do not have any family or friends that can help me. HUD housing is all waiting lists and not always in a decent area (that does not work with my PTSD).

Seven years and 21+ more graduate credits later, I am still trying to get back to work.

Disability doesn't cover even the most basic needs. Did the finding help thing again. Always manage to fall through some crack. Sold my jewelry and anything of value while fighting 2+ years for Disability.

A repeat DUI totaled my car in 12/2012 and I will never see restitution. One of my pre-existing conditions that goes back to birth is being unable to stand or walk for long periods of time. Need to be near the bus line or where there is a good Paratransit system.

My lease is up in late September. Need to get out of Delaware. PCP's won't write pain or psych meds and specialists are $50/visit. I would go back to Delaware County, west of Philly. Can't deal with cold or much heat/humidity. A major relo is out. I self pack, find people to load and unload a UHaul and drive the truck. Tried the roommate thing. Tried moving to the boonies, where car was wrecked an hour later, and can't deal with alcoholism as a life-style, or no social or intellectual life.

Need a first floor with a small yard to garden and for my dog. Sun, water and light in my life are also important.

I have worried about paying rent, eating, etc. my entire adult life. Always had medical bills and student loans as albatrosses around my neck. I can't spend another 46 years like this.

Please, I need to keep my focus now on job hunting, getting another car, and finding housing right now.

I will share what works, what doesn't. I look at Craigslist occasionally. You have to be very careful with them. I often write to local churches for recommendations about apartments or if they know anyone that has a rental. The unseen market. Not much is put in newspapers these days.

Nancy


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Jun 25, 2014 12:16PM Moderators wrote:

bluepalace, have you selected specific regions of the country where you would like to live? Naturally, somewhere with an affordable standard of living. If you have targeted your areas, you should contact their HUD. Perhaps a small city in a dry, warm area of the US? 

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Jun 25, 2014 12:49PM bluepalace wrote:

As I stated in my post, I thoroughly researched and tried the HUD housing. Waiting lists, not taking apps, or housing in unsafe areas (not good for my PTSD and having to walk a dog at all hours).

I know where I want to go/stay. I have lived all over the US and abroad since after high school. Need to settle down. I would ex-pat back to Germany in a second but I'd need private insurance and they deny care for pre-existing or anything that comes from pre-existing conditions.

Thanks for the suggestion though.

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Jun 26, 2014 05:28AM - edited Jun 26, 2014 05:29AM by Jelson

I live in the city of Albany NY and we have at least three senior citizens subsidized (for those who qualify) housing options in safe areas which also provide apts for the non-elderly with mobility impairments. the building my mom lived in (url below) has balconies for the upper floor apts. and patios for the ground floor apts. There were many non-elderly tenants when my mom lived there and while the complexes I am thinking about are sponsored by different religious organizations, they didn't care what religion you were.  Anyway, if you are not a senior, but can qualify as disabled,  you may find some options by contacting offices for the aging.

http://www.albanycounty.com/About/NYConnects.aspx
http://ohavsholomapts.org/about.htm
HUD do you meet this criteria?
non-elderly, disabled persons with mobility impairments

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Jun 26, 2014 03:26PM bluepalace wrote:


Thank you for the info. I used to live right near you. But it is not a good area for me.

I spent six years in Queensbury/Glens Falls/Malta. My parents moved to Qby when my dad retired in 1992. That was their choice for their life. They rented so no shoveling, lawn mowing, finding a job, etc.

It is way too cold up there for me, and that was BC, for other medical reasons. I was supposed to be up there for 6 months, after I buried my dad; and mom's sister had died 6 months before him. I got stuck up there for 6 years!

The way my gene pool dismissed me and my cancer may be forgivable, but not forgettable. Of the few remaining living ones, I can count on one hand with fingers left over, I have no contact. I'm done.

After high school, I lived all over the US and abroad. I like the mid-Atlantic area because of the weather. I also can't handle high and endless heat and humidity. That goes back over 30 years. I was on a cardiac diruretic.

A-T-S has changed so much. There are many unsafe areas. Hope your mom is in a good spot. I have a small dog, so need to be able to walk him, at all hours, and have my small garden. My feet were very deformed when I was born, necessitating 15 years of treatment. Walking and standing for long periods of time has always been a problem. By ten years ago, the bones had shifted and I had arthritis in my foot and ankle bones.

HUD seems to be closed or has long waiting lists everywhere I have checked around me or where I would like to be. I have issues about my personal safety that morphed into PTSD. I have lived in two poor, economically depressed areas in the last 8 years and they were nightmares. I know there were big problems in the Warren County Housing.

Again, my thanks. Hope you have a better winter next year!

 

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