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.