Catastrophic change in life.
I am Learning disabled and have crippling anxiety from childhood PTSD followed by repeated incidents and multiple periodic severe head injuries.
I was living with ailing family for years on and off, care taking and quarantining during the pandemic but now have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one.
I am attempting to finish their final business and clear their storage before important items are lost. I have no income and only pocket change in savings.
We were severely affected by Hurricane ‘Sandy’ as we had rented for 25 years and the landlord took the opportunity and loss of habitability to get us out. We were left with the only option being for me to move as fast as possible during bad weather, no utilities and an immobilizing injury the entire house and families possessions including 45 years of her professional career, my deceased Grandmother’s possessions, our and other family members possessions while using what other funds we had on hotel stays. We ended up homeless spending the total of what money was available between these storage units and hotel stays with no extra to provide a deposit on a new place or to pay more workers to assist me to sort and downsize the storage. We both ended up homeless going from hotels to staying in vehicles and with the assistance of others occasionally a room or a couch. Very little improved and costs increased rather than allowing us to make improvements. This was hard on me and prevented me from attempting to finish school with my learning difficulties and anxiety. This was exceptionally hard on my elderly mother and along with other events and the difficulty getting her the medical care she needed during covid restrictions and even doctors admonishing us for going out and seeking treatment reasonably led to her early demise.
I had applied for SSDI but having personal and family difficulties at the time and crippling anxiety I was not able to complete the application followups and it was rejected. I had further difficulties when I should have appealed and am left without that option. I had been attempting to finish my education but the stress of circumstances and family difficulties took my attention away and the resulting incomplete(s) became ‘F’s and destroyed the ‘A’ and ‘B’ average (via disability accommodations) that I had, further difficulties prevented me from finishing.
I am trying to setup basic items to continue my life with as much stability as possible while I seek accommodations, public services, and maintain communication.
I have a broken computer that I had kept limping forward, replacing with used parts but it must be kept plugged in and does not have the memory or software to run the utilities and applications I have needed to pursue my interests through distance accommodations during the pandemic as everyone else has done.
I have no cell phone of my own or access to a smart phone.
My one storage unit which has my clothes and tools which I could use for simple labor employment if I was not suffering from an immobilizing injury right now was being paid by family and is not my sole responsibility. The other option is to sell everything or donate and decrease to a few bags of old clothes and wait for circumstances to take whats left until I’m living in a shelter with no communication and larger hurtles to making something of myself in the face of my disabilities.
I would like to save precious items of my loved ones memory in my unit as well and need steel racks to make this happen.
I need money for a computer rugged enough to withstand the life I will be experiencing (as well as capable of video chat clearly and other applications for personal business, interests of my lost loved one, and if I return to school), a smart phone which I hope extended family will connect for me, and some money for post office, recurring expenses and my unit for as long as it takes to be solvent.
I really need a years cushion, but am immediately looking for the next month or two. A range from $4500 to $19000 not including food and clothes which I also need. This also does not include a room to rent or similar living expenses.
Some of this will provide me time and some of this will be durable investment.
Money beyond this would be used for more durable clothes, protection and shelter for myself; items like the electronics and living. These would be appreciated but I will do my best with what is available.
Beyond this amount, considering I have defaulted on my student loans, I would re-enter payment and seek to finish my education in the sciences with ADA accommodations if I have a stable enough living situation to accomplish with my anxiety.
Separately, I am attempting to raise money for the memory of my loved one, their final solvency where needed to protect their possessions prior to finishing and a scholarship fund in their name for students in their prior field. This money wouldn’t be able to be touched by me and is separate from this campaign.