I'm certainly one of that group. Im on SSI, its my only income save $18 a month from SNAP. I have no family to live with, no rent-controlled housing. My roommate and I split the rent in a 2-bedroom. That takes 48% of my income. We're responsible for the utilities, including heat.
Yes, I'm applying for help, what there is of it. There's not much. Such is life. And I do know about beans and rice.
Today I went to the Food Pantry. Not to get food (although I came away with some much appreciated bread!), but to tell them that on days when they're open I'm willing to be there to help, in addition to being a client. They were slightly gobsmacked, but I need to do more than sit around and craft. And while I desperately need food, at least this way I'll feel I'm earning it.
I still don't have a bed since Púka's health scare, but at least he's doing well now. With SSI being what it is, the camp bed will be my permanent bed. There's nothing to be done, even if it shortens your life. It seems like that's what the GOP wants anyway. They know that $721 isn't enough to live on.
Hell, my new doctor thought SSI paid for my prescriptions. Oh, the look on his face when I gently set him straight. At least he doesn't believe that I'm faking. I just can't get what I need.
I'm sorry if this is all over the place. I'm having a breakthrough migraine, and I can only see straight forward.
What was pride again?
I'm tired--migraine and all without the correct meds--but I'll be back in the morning.
As a thought question while I'm AFK--those of you with fairly high salaries, how do you feel about the DKos members on SSDI and SSI? I'd really love to see some honest answers in the comments. It won't hurt my feelings, and this serves as a content warning.
Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM PT: Imagine if one of the well-heeled, or even Markos set up a fund for those of us on SSI, SSDI and UI. No paperwork that the gov't hasn't already seen. No more begging diaries. Scams eliminated, because they can be pointed to the proper place. It needant even all be for money.
Too many of us need help. The grand majority of this site closes it's eyes to all but a few good writers. Please, we're people too.
What say you?