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Getting Financially F*****d

February 7th, 2014 at 09:16 am

Every year in January I get a cost of living raise in my SSDI. This year I got a raise of $11 a month. Because of this, I just got a notice saying my food stamps were being cut by $8 a month.

Why do they even bother giving me the raise if they are just going to penalize me in some other way?

How the hell am I supposed to ever get to a point where I don't live in debt or on CC's when this is how the government helps me?

If I could work, believe me, I would. I hate being on disability. I feel worthless and useless and like I'm a burden and a drain on everyone. I have to listen to "well-intentioned" people complain about people on government assistance because we are "all lazy drug addicts who don't want to work". I have to rely the government to help take care of me b/c I have a disease that has no known cause and no cure and gets no recognition or sympathy because it's not life-threatening.

And then when I do something to help my situation, like moving from a place I loved to one I hate so I could have cheaper rent and afford to pay all my bills every month and not rely on my CC's, I get my benefits cut because all they see if that I now pay less in rent, so therefor I "must" have extra money now. So now instead of being in a good neighborhood in a place I love and living on CC's, I am end up in a shitty neighborhood and a place I hate living on CC's.

It just seems like there is no way to get even, let alone ahead.

7 Responses to “Getting Financially F*****d”

  1. PauletteGoddard Says:

    You'd think the government assistance program would at least cover the cost of the K-Y jelly for getting rammed up the butt by them!

    I have an acquaintance with an autoimmune disorder who's in a similar position, and gets the "lazy drug addicts" bizniz from her own dad (!). The best I could do for her was put her up for a few months while she was on a waiting list for social housing, feed her, and find a website database of "unclaimed funds": I got $1100 for her but that didn't pay off all her debts. I know getting long over due refunds is a rare, freaky occurrence but it does happen.

    Your post doesn't read as if you're in a Social Housing facility, where rent is determined by your SSDI. Are you on a waiting list for a Social Housing Authority residence? Is there such a thing in your community?

    Can you make use of a website like "Modest Needs?"

  2. Petunia 100 Says:

    You're not worthless or useless, you just got dealt some crappy cards in the game of life. Love yourself, and ignore the complaints of strangers who don't even know what they are talking about.

    Can you move back to the neighborhood you love, or is that impossible now?

    Joy comes in many forms; find the joy in your life.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    I'm very sorry to hear it. I wish our country were better at this. Not only is it the right thing to do for our infrastructure to take care of our citizens who need help, but in many cases it would be more fiscally sensible to make sure people have basic care and comfort than not. Some of our government officials make the poor and disabled into demonized pawns while they coddle and reward the super rich. It's horrible.

  4. snafu Says:

    Can you find an on-line or community based support network to help you better understand the outcomes and results of any actions you contemplate so that you don't get unexpectedly whacked. The general population doesn't understand your difficulties, never have, never will until they individually find themselves in a similar situation. Is there any route to appeal the decision to reduce your food stamp allocation? Is there any other city/state/federal program whose criteria aligns with your requirements?

    Is there any way you could use your training and knowledge of herb to add to your income? The rest of us are woefully ignorant and bounce around hearing this is good [this week] and now it's bad/dumb/waste of money/no noticeable benefit etc.

    I'm sure you could teach us all how to s-t-r-e-t--c-h dollars.

  5. Joanne Says:

    I"m also sorry that you had some of your benefit cut. I'm from Boston, I know how expensive it is to live there. I don't know what section of Boston, you are in but I have a friend who lives in a mixed income building, and she likes it . She said they are taking applications. It's near y\the Longwood Area. If yoe are interested , I'd email you the info. Have you , or are you familar w/ ABCD , the agency, they are supposed to be helpful w/ housing etc. I hope that things get better. Even the T has gotten so expensive. Take care...

  6. Joe Says:

    SSDI benefits can not be reduced because you pay lower rent. SSI benefits are means tested, but not SSDI.

  7. Joe Says:

    This post should be titled:

    "Thank you American taxpayers!"

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