Help for the Disabled in Pennsylvania
June 8, 2009 6:27 PM Subscribe
(Philadelphia) Pennsylvania filter: Tell me everything available to a poor disabled person in this state.
posted by Danila to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I would exclude anything easily found on the HHS or DPW websites but nah, tell me about anything you think is nifty. My friend in Ohio told me that her state paid for a computer and a $10,000 sewing machine so she could start a business. Another Ohioan was put through a bachelor's program fully funded by the state. People in other cities get housing through "housing choice" programs (but that list is closed here in Philadelphia and has been for years as long as I've been checking).
I already have:
- medical assistance through medicaid and medicare (although dental options would be great since Keystone 65 Complete doesn't cover it)
- Last year I used a UESF grant for utilities and must wait another year to receive one
- a psychiatric nurse who comes to my home so mental health is covered
- enough in food stamps
I know I could use:
- housing! live with broke parents (one of whom is disabled) and most of my SSDI check goes toward household expenses, and it's still more than I can afford, I must get out of here, but even if I had first, last and security I get turned down for apartments due to income
- utility assistance (because I live with my parents and one of them has a job, so while I dream of things like LIHEAP, the household income is always just a few thousand too much)
When I got the other grant, I had a lease signed by my father that reflected all the money I put into the household as rent and the fact that the utilities, while not in my name, are solely my responsibility
However, any other time I try this, I am told the utilities need to be in my name. I don't want to put them in my name and be responsible forever.
- money to pay off student loans
- any help paying for the next two years of college (getting my associates on Saturday, transitioning to a bachelor's program this summer/fall)
But those are just the mundane things I know I'd like in a perfect world. I want to know about everything anyone else knows. My income is about $10,000 per year from SSDI, I have nothing else, and no assets.
Thanks if anyone knows anything at all.