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Organized by: Wendy Brown

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My home almost caught fire today. Thankfully, it didn't. The switcherbox and I caught it in time. My home was damaged in Hurricane Irene 5 years ago, this makes it uninsurable. In that time, I have tried to fix things but couldn't. The roof has caved in on part of it, and leaks in other parts. A couple of the windows were busted so I can't open them to let air in. After I had a heart attack scare 2 years ago, I let someone I thought was a friend move in. He was supposed to repair my roof and do other minor repairs. He didn't. He cut the wiring to my heat and ac rendering the inoperable and that would cost $3000  to fix. He cut wiring to some plugs which made the inoperable. He never repaired the roof. Then I got a notice of eviction. Apparently he didn't pay the rent like he had said. I got that caught up thankfully and threw him out. Today, was the final straw though. My house is no longer inhabitable. I can't live in a home without power. I have called many places for help only to be denied. Habitat for Humanity you have to be able bodied with an income to qualify. I am neither. Red Cross said if I had let my home burn they would've helped me (3 days in a hotel room with 2 changes of clothes). Salvation Army told me that I need to send my dogs to the pound or Humane Society and maybe there would be help or I could stay at their homeless shelter.

I am disabled. I have been fighting for disability for 5 years. Because my state didn't expand on Medicaid it left many people like me. I don't qualify for help through the marketplace, you have to have an income of at least $25,000. Since I can't see a doctor regularly, I get denied disability. Without disability, I can't get Medicaid. My friends and family are seeing me die before their eyes. I am losing my eye sight. There are days I can't walk or use my arms. My stomach is so swollen people ask if I'm pregnant. But I can't go to the doctor to find out why. The ER thinks I'm looking for pills even though I don't ask for any. I ask for answers.

Right now, my biggest need is a home. Furnishings for it can come later. I wish with all my heart that I can keep my pets, but I know that might not be feasible. Is asking for a whole roof with electricity and water too much?


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