Anyone with MS living homelessly?

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Anyone with MS living homelessly?

Postby Kat1022 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:08 am

I just joined this forum and I don't know if this is the proper category to post this in. I am sure many of you know the expense associated with this disease. I never thought I would end up homeless because I can't afford rent and out of pocket expenses I live in Los Angeles and in 2002,the place I had been living in for 13years and never wanted to leave was bought by a greedy slumlord. He raised all our rents by 300 a month. I had to move out and my life has not been the same. I have tried contacting the MS society and the Marilyn Hilton foundation but no one gets back to me.

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Postby jimmylegs » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:22 am

hi kat this is the right place i think. i am not homeless yet, but it's around the corner for sure. especially if i can't get any social assistance (application is in the works, no decision yet).
i think we have a few other members facing similar challenges - maybe they will chime in here.
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Postby Wendigo » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:02 am

Kat, was the building you lived in in 2002 in an area of Los Angeles covered by rent control?
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Postby shye » Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:00 pm

kat1022
have you tried applying for SS Disability Insurance?
That is one step for at least getting a limited imcome.
Don't know about Ca, but in NY there are various social organizations (some gov, some church sponsored) that are set up to stop evictions--even if you have been evicted, they are places where can get lists of, and help applying for, gov (fed, state and local) housing. Nnot easy, especially now with all the cuts and poverty, the number of these housing units do not meet the needs of all who need them, but at least get on some lists.
Good luck!
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Thank you for your responses

Postby Kat1022 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:57 pm

To answer a few questions 1. The building was not under rent control. I had to get out of there before dealing with another summer of putting up with my neighbors extraordinary second hand smoke. I developed asthma on top of MS. 2. I am on SSDI. I am on a waiting list for an adult community but you have to be 55. I have 14 months and 10 days to go. As far as the agencies to help me, I make 100 over the maximum income!

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Re: Thank you for your responses

Postby harry1 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:08 pm

Kat1022 wrote:To answer a few questions 1. The building was not under rent control. I had to get out of there before dealing with another summer of putting up with my neighbors extraordinary second hand smoke. I developed asthma on top of MS. 2. I am on SSDI. I am on a waiting list for an adult community but you have to be 55. I have 14 months and 10 days to go. As far as the agencies to help me, I make 100 over the maximum income!

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Hi Kat

My question is that is it possible for you to leave LA for an inexpensive town in California or leave the state all together?

I lived up in albuquerque when i was first diagnosed in 1996 and by 2008 when i could no longer work i relocated 220 miles down to southern new mexico in a small poor ''cowtown'' where my 1BR rent went from $550 month to $300 month whiched has helped me tremendously as i took a hell of a pay cut losing my appliance repair tech job to now being on SSDI although i'm grateful for it as i'm paralysed in my feet and ankles.
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