I went to the homeless shelter to try to help a tenant

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In December I wrote about a tenant of mine who suffered from a stroke.   I went to find help and found there was not much help to be had.   I also published the blog on social media.  I received a lot of good advice.  Unfortunately she  is now $912 behind in rent and February is coming up soon.  

One of my friends manages a homeless shelter called Interfaith Sanctuary.  She suggested that they meet with my tenant and her son.  On Monday we had that meeting.   I am hoping something good comes from it.  My friend called Jesse Tree where my tenant had an application for help.   She will not get the help because I am not nasty enough.  I would have to take her to court for her to receive  help from that charity.   I gave a three day notice earlier but I didn't carry it out to take her to court and file.  So far my tenant received one month's rent from the Ada county indigent fund and $150 from St. Vincent De Paul.   


My tenant has not been able to go to rehabilitation for the stroke because of transportation issues.  On January 1 we just expanded medicaid in the state of Idaho.  She is now on medicaid.  The people at the homeless shelter are going to work on getting her into rehabilitation and help for her eyes.  She might also be eligible for personal care giving from medicaid.  My friend commented that one of their guests received 54 hours of care a week.  Pity they couldn't use some of that money to find a room for the poor soul.   I think the meeting went well but was depressing.   I realized that my tenant has some severe deficits from the stroke and am hoping that social security disability comes in soon.   Everyone thinks she is close and they will give her back money which should help me with the rent.   I don't know what I will have to do if she doesn't get SSI disability soon.  I run a business not a charity.  We might do a go fund me page is nothing happens quickly.  


As I left the homeless shelter I saw a room with 20 bunk beds.  Outside there were a bunch of old handicapped "guests" sitting in their walkers or wheelchairs.  These are marginalized citizens who we should do better by then a homeless shelter. 

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  Debbie Holmes

John L. Scott Real Estate


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Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
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When my receptionist's husband suffered a nearly fatal heart-attack in 2017 it was 17 months before he received his SSDI. The way it was explained by SSA was you have to be disabled 5 months to be able to apply, then you must be unable to work for 1 year. then you might get Disability. Her husband was on Hospice care for the last 6 months of his life, and only collected 4 months of disability before he passed away in 2019. 

Thank you for trying to help your tenant. 

Jan 29, 2020 10:26 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debbie - it was nice of you to step forth to help your tenant.  Not an easy process nor one with a quick resolution.  Time is of the essence for many reasons.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness.  Best of luck to your friend.  You may want to visit the stroke.org site to see some options too although I don't think any financial assistance can be found there.  

Jan 29, 2020 04:04 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debbie- that is so kind of you to try to find some kind of help for your tenant. It must be so difficult for her to have to navigate this road, especially when your health isn't 100%.  Best of luck to her. 

Jan 29, 2020 07:13 PM #3
Debbie Holmes
John L. Scott - Boise, ID
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Those people sitting outside the homeless shelter are people who didn't have people to help them or landlords willing to take a chance.  Often when you take a chance you lose.

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