posted on Mar, 21 2020 @ 02:20 PM
One of my biggest concerns over the past several weeks is how I would survive, as a homeless person, as I've been able to do for years past.
This US Government bailout for Americans (stimulus packages + financial aid packages / etc) has been news I've been closely watching. It has not
until recently included a mention for the impoverished and those living at or a substandard poverty level.
In my state, the Department of Health & Social services, had provided me with full EBT/Food Stamp & Finacial Cash (called General Assistance).
September of last year, this was terminated, and I received no further assistance from the state, as I was deemed a fully abled body adult without
I had received the same benefits from my home state, but I ended up moving years ago. I met the qualifications without a fight, as I was well
documented and the state doctors passed me as being disabled and unable to engage in gainful work activities of 30 hours a week or more. Never a
My current state, for the last several years, I've been cut off numerous times, due to internal err's, food/cash going to the wrong account, wrong
letters & notices, a plethora of mistakes. Every few months, there is always some sort of departmental error where my benefits get shut off without
warning and I have to go into the office to have it corrected. My first attempt at receiving GA (General Assistance) was met with denial for 8 months.
I was even told to "go back to my home state" by a DHS employee, because I will never get benefits in this state because I'm white. Great advice,
eh? Anyway, after many months of arguing and fighting, contesting, and sending a preponderance of medical documentation (for which i was told not to
do anymore because I was sending too much), I finally won my application case for GA, except for the occasional hiccups where I had to argue with a
State Health employee to have them reinstated.
So come last September, I'm cut off and deemed not disabled after years of being disabled & incapacitated. Somehow, I magically got better according
to the states contracted medical board. I fought and fought, and applied for a fair hearing to contest the denial, for which even then the state was
trying to persuade me not to file. I did anyway and demanded that I have my internal hearing. I ended up losing, and it was obviously not fair. The
whole thing last about 15 minutes, and a Hearing Officer who works for the State is present and not on your side, as they are defending the state, has
two State Health employees not on your side, and the "medical doctor" who is on via conference call. They eat up most of the 15 minutes and when it
comes around to me I'm told the next case is ready because they are running late. I couldn't get in all that much, but what I did learn is that this
"medical doctor", as they were referred, as not even a "medical doctor". Only a "doctor of philosophy," who was signing off on my denial
letters, and even stated during the phone call that they were not a "medical doctor." The defense I was able to get in before my time was up was
beyond this persons comprehension, and they were not able to give a medical opinion. Gee, I wonder why. Anyway, I lost this case too.
I've had zero benefits for about 6 or 7 months now? I'm actually in what is called "over-payment status", because I lost my case and now the
elapsed time between the time I filed for a fair hearing and the final decision, has to be paid back to the state.
As this did not sit well with me, I did what I thought I had to do, and moved the appeal to a court of law. This really seemed to piss off the state
and their State Health board and medical board. I became such a toxic presence, that my DHS contact, a supervisor, was discharged from my assigned
location due to the numerous errors they had made, and anyone else assigned to me refused to deal with me. i ended up being assigned a "neutral point
of contact.'" I've never heard of anything like this happening in my life, over food stamps & cash benefits.
I was eligible to re-apply for benefits beginning on 1/2020, so I did, and was again met with denials, same thing, not incapacitated, not disabled.
Being frustrated, I requested several times last year, my entire case file so I could use it to fight and argue my internal hearing (never got it). I
continued requesting this in 2020 and finally received it. It was really quite interesting. The medical board kept flip flopping. Every month, for
most of 2019, flip flopped between disabled/incapacitated to the next month being not-disabled/incapacitated, or just incapacitated. Some parts of
these forms were left blank, even though they said they were required information (that a doctor had to fill out). Even at the end of 12/2020, one of
these medical evaluations was signed off and labeled me as "incapacitated' and "unable to work 30 hours a week." Yet, still denied...
Anyway, after being denied GA or so long, it finally caught up to me. I could no longer afford my homeless shelter fees. No income. Absolute zero.
Food stamps, denied, I did not qualify as I'm considered ABAWD.
Had to leave the shelter for the streets, which is where I'm at now.
And this government aid package does and will affect me. Since I do not file taxes because of my income level, I'm not a registered tax payer. No
welfare General Assistance, I do not qualify according to the states own medical board. I have a list of medical conditions. Some go back years,
otherwise are more recent. Here's a short list:
1) Massive thoracic spinal injury, minor lumbar/cervical, including a total of approximately 8 vertebrae (some with height loss exceeding 50%)
2) Kyphosis of the spine (due to physical trauma, induced)
3) Diabetes Type II Mellitus (last year for 3-5 months, my BGL peaked at 800 along with many other pre-diabetic and diabetic related conditions)
4) Diabetic Neurophaty
5) mononeuritis multiplex / mononeuropathy multiplex (more than 2 damaged nerves, in my case, at least 5 in all limbs, hands, fingers, all
extremities, left & right side)
6) Severe GERD that has progressed into Barrett’s Esophagus (a pre-cancerous condition with abnormal cell growth in the esophagus)
7) Barrett’s Esophagus that requires surgery
8) Hiatal Hernia that requires surgery
9) Right hand/arm/elbow ulnar nerve compression that requires surgery, along with carpal + cubital tunnel syndrome, which is related or a sub part of
You'd think that be enough to qualify you. i submitted not only medically substantiated proof and diagnostic data, but several specific and detailed
doctor notes that I requested to help my case. All dismissed, everything, was "not persuasive" to this medical board.
So this government AID package is important to me. Wish I had at least somehow been able to file $1 as income in 2019. I now see a greater importance
to filing and why many CEOs pay themselves the very minimum of $1.
But it does look as though this most recent draft or proposal is starting to mention the impoverished and homeless. We are at a great risk, with
weaker immune systems, no shelter, living on the streets. You can't survive right now if you are in my position. And the minimum requirements for
General Assistance? They are simply not able to work 30 hours a week for 61 days. Gosh, about 100 million now told to stay at home, including my
doctor recommended surgeries, I'm out of commission for months.