Merchelle from Sebastian, FL

Faces of the Federal Budget

I live in a beautiful area, and am blessed to be alive. My kidneys failed when I was in my early 20's, and I've survived the past 20 years with a lot of surgery and dialysis. I do get Social Security Disability, and SNAP. I also live in a tent. I'm unable to get help for my living situation, because all hosing programs in the area are shut down. I am childless, and under 65, which stops me from receving any emergency assistance. Apartments are scarce in the area, and when I do find one, they require FLS, application and administrative fees, and/or to make 2.5 - 3x the amount of what they are asking for rent per month. It is almost impossible to find a "home". I try to make a little money through working online at the library. Jobs are also scare here, unless one has a background in the service area, or years of experience for higher paying jobs. My experience would be listed as "professional patient." My money is spent on park fees to tent, which is usually $17.00 a night. I don't buy "healthy food", because I do not have a way to keep it cold, so the cheapest canned or bagged food is what I buy. It is unhealthy for me to live in campgrounds, and I don't have any sense of safety. I guess I fell through the cracks. Not what I imagined for a person with an Associates Degree, and who worked since the age of 14 until she got a serious illness. I don't want a handout, just some help for disabled living assistance where I don't have to live in a facility. On the upside, I do have health coverage, and I am greatful for that.

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