Welcome to the Street Prophets Coffee Hour, a place where politics meets up with religion, art, nature, food, and life. We’re at the middle of the week, when we need a push to get over the hump and start looking toward the weekend. Come in, take a cuppa and a cookie (or three!), and join us.
Helping Humpday was one of the gifts created for us by bfitzinAR. It was taken over by DixieCollie, who also left unexpectedly. It’s still here, a place where Kossacks can share and show caring.
For some people on assistance, it won’t matter. They will get SSI or SSDI on the same date, regardless. And if they were already receiving assistance and it converted to social security when they reached 62, they still get the deposit on the same date. It’s those of us who went directly from work to social security at the appropriate age who have irregular payment dates. It’s paid out according to birth dates. People born on the 1st to the 10th of the month get social security payments on the second Wednesday of the month. Those born on the 11th to the 20th are paid on the third Wednesday, and those born on the 21st to the 31st are paid on the fourth Wednesday. For the month of June, coming up, there will be a 5 week stretch between payments, not 4. So the money that came in for May has to stretch for an extra week. If you know someone in this position, and you know they’re living on the edge in the best of times, check on them.
For people relying on SNAP, it’s taking a major downturn as the COVID supplement has dropped away, as bluePNWcats wrote in a recent diary, Lean times ahead. For people who are also getting social security, the reduction in SNAP negates the COLA and then some. If they aren’t getting social security, then it’s a huge decrease, while prices are continuing to climb.
And then there’s the debt ceiling issue. If it isn’t resolved, or maybe if it’s resolved a bit late, all government payments may be delayed. This will affect other services, too, such as Meals on Wheels and Medicare/Medicaid home health care. If anyone in your life relies on these services, make sure they’re okay.
Community Needs List as of 5/24/23. Fundraisers who want a diary to be or stay on the list: PLEASE kosmail requests and donations received to njm5000 by Tuesday evening to be included on the Wednesday morning updated list.
Living on the financial edge—need help? Check out the Helping Directories before your next emergency.
Housing and Living Expenses Fundraisers and Other Links
When sending via PayPal, be sure to select “Send to family/friend” to avoid fees on either end.
morgansmom—needs help towards major car repairs and moving to a better environment. $
8000 4155 3955 3945 3920 3395 3170 2955 • Thermostat is repaired and some parts acquired for the front end work.• Current medical issues do take priority • Visit the KoFi page to see some cool artwork & donate! • PayPal: wingednag at gmail dot com.
anotherdemocrat—has a diary up: Anyone know where I can find a 2nd job? She’s in Austin and is suddenly $24000 in debt, mainly due to an HOA assessment! From the diary: “So, $24,000 is more money than I can ask even a big community like Daily Kos to donate. I have a venmo: at Becky-Helton, Cashapp: $B3ckyHelt0n, and GoFundMe, if anyone wants to help with next month’s payments but for a big total like that, I need a 2nd job. My day job is M-F from 8-5, so it would have to be evenings & weekends.” and “Skills: writing, 20+ years of customer service work, super reliable…” Kosmail, if you can help.
BMScott posted this: From a Daily Kos Guild tweet about Christopher Reeves:
“Christopher's house burned down early in February. An insurance dispute has made it difficult to access his funds for necessary items, so we're trying to keep him and his family sheltered, fed, and clothed. PLEASE help however you can.” There is a GoFundMe that currently stands at $
15,360 15,385 15,585 towards a revised goal of $20,000.
jtg—needs about $7
,000 6150 5760 5460 5435 5185 4935 4500 for dental work.
• GoFundMe • KoFi • PayPal• Patreon • Amazon Pet Supplies •
***Tazira— Help and Advice needed, please—Power turned off! Living on $800/mo. Social Security leaves no room for emergencies. From the gfm “The last 8 or 9 months have been a series of emergencies that have come up. Mostly with cat health, some with a death in the family, and some with needed medication that is no longer covered by my insurance.”
I have a budget set now if I can get the help to get power back on, clean up the last of the vet bills and maybe replace a tiny bit of the food I had to throw out. My fridge and freezer were full because I had just finished my monthly shopping. • GoFundMe Goal is $
Kos Katalogue 2022 is here—please Kosmail BeadLady if you have corrections or additions.
These community members need a little push to get over a hump. Maybe it’s an unexpected medical bill. Maybe there’s a life situation that has come up and requires resources beyond regular income. Maybe they just got behind and need help getting their footing again. For whatever reason they need help, Wednesdays are the day the Street Prophets diary focuses on those needs. Maybe you’ve skipped over this weekly diary, thinking the little you can give won’t make a difference. But you don’t have to meet a person’s entire need. If we all join together, the small amounts each person can contribute will add up to enough to make a difference in someone’s life. Even $2 or $5 or $10, when added to the mickle that others give, can be all that it takes.
When sending via PayPal, be sure to select “Send to family/friend” to avoid fees on either end. Be aware, both donor and recipient, that GFM not only charges fees to recipients and asks donors to contribute to their organization, but also money received through that platform is treated as taxable income. You will receive a form 1099. If you are requesting help through GFM, also be aware that there can be delays in accessing the money.
If helping financially isn’t the right choice for you at this time, you can still help. Tip and rec the diary so it stays visible. Share on social media: Twitter, Facebook, whatever platform you use, to bring the attention of others outside our daily readers. And offer words of encouragement to people who are struggling. It can be scary to be struggling, and it can feel lonely. This can happen to any of us. Today it isn’t me in need. If it isn’t you, either, please see what you can do to help.