If nothing else, thank you for reading. I am from NYC and currently stuck in Portland Oregon. I have been on this site previously when the situation here was uncomfortable. Now it has escalated and I feel extremely unsafe!
I had working been in the Chicago area a few years ago when the entire team was “downsized”. Soon after I developed osteoporosis but did not realize what it was at the time. The pain and limping it caused coincided with job interviews and I feel that this greatly impeded potential employment opportunities.
I then moved back to New York and when my knee pain started increasing I decided it was time to have it checked out. First it was diagnosed as gout but it soon became apparent to the doctor that something else was going on and then it was confirmed to be osteoporosis.
Still unable to find employment or move easily,I was deemed eligible for Social Security Disability which I continued to receive until last year when Social Security kicked at age 66.
I have never felt comfortable not earning a living so I decided to explore other employment avenues that would not require the use of my legs much and under the terms of SSD I was allowed to make a small salary.
I have always been an anglophile and thought I could do a “passable” East London accent so I had a voice over demo done and took a huge risk and moved to England. The risk unfortunately did not work out in my favor in those pre- Brexit days so I had to move back to the US.
At that time I was not aware of the subsidized housing scheme in New York. I have friends in Portland and it was less expensive than New York. Had I been made aware of the issues here in Portland at the time I would have avoided at all costs.
I live in an area that grows more dangerous by the day. There was a shooting nearby, the public transportation system (MAX) had a stabbing incident last year and been several incidents closer to home.
There are public elevators that I use daily that constantly have people “living” on them or smoking (cigarettes or marijuana) or “shooting up” tossing their discarded needles on the premises as well individuals as using the elevators as a bathroom.
The worst, thus far, happened in my building. Despite having armed guards around the property, a fellow tenant was brutally assaulted in the lobby in front of his wife and granddaughter!
It has become such a nightmare that I am almost afraid to go out. Before that happens I would hope to get home and be among family and friends for mental support.
I am now registered with a site called NYC Housing Connect but having an out of town address puts me low on the list.
Under normal circumstances I would be content to wait but as I have illustrated these are not normal circumstances whatsoever.
I am not asking for millions of dollars but the current rent costs, without the benefit of a subsidy, are beyond my capacity to pay.
In addition to Social Security I receive two minor pensions which is a grand total of $2000 a month and rents, as far as I can ascertain are an average of $2000 or $3000 a month!
I am desperate to leave this area as soon as possible. I am not trying to amass a fortune, I am just trying to go home!!