Paranoid Schizophrenic 50 Year Old Single Mother Seeks Housing Grant Money
by Shirley Odigie
(Houston, Texas, USA)
I am 50 years old with a 13-year-old daughter. I would like to have a two-bedroom home that I can afford on $606 of SSI monthly income and $159 of food stamps.
My daughter and I have Medicaid. I am on medication daily. The pills that I take are: Invega, Benztropine, Trazodone and Lorazepam.
I also take Amiloride for my high blood pressure and Lipitor for my cholesterol. I have chest pain sometimes I worry if I am going to make it or not.
I want to be here long enough to see my daughter grow up. She goes to KIPP Liberation Preparatory School. I try to pay for her schooling the best that I can.
I would like to have a home with a front and backyard to it that would be a true blessing.
I live in public housing and was on Section 8 housing for years. Before that I lived in a one-bedroom home at the Lennox Apartments in Houston, Texas.
Her father bought me a car while living there, but they would always break out the windows, so I decided to move out of those apartments.
My daughter is graduating to the 7th grade and I am very proud of her grade average.
In my lifetime I have been on housing for a very long time. Right now I am living in the Cuney Homes apartments on housing paying the amount of $222 a month. Before it was $160.
We do not have very much after everything is paid. It is hard to manage most of the time.
I have to have windows units in the summertime and fire on the stove in winters. My car that I have now is a 1993 Honda Accord. I get $245 in child support.