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Today I found myself throughout the day, having the same reptitive abuse going through my head, that came from the system. "The system" meaning Social Security Disability. No, I'm thankful that I have it. Lets not go there. But I'm not thankful of how they pingeon-holed me to keep my finances in the dump, (at poverty level) to where I would have to owe them money to get off of SSD. 

They never give us enough to cover our rent. Yet when you have that and other bills, you can get a ticket to go back to work on SSD, for a nine month trail peroid, while keeping your finances at or below proverty level. Otherwise, you have to pay it all back to them. Now, if you do well on the "Back to Work" program, staying within the limits of SSD, after nine months, they will stop your benefits, leaving you homeless unless you can get someone to pay for you or take you in. At least in that situation, you won't be owing them the money back.

Another option is to apply for disability housing, where you pay one third of what you get on SSD, for your rent. Often, the waiting period is between eight and fifteen years. Meanwhile, if Social Security stops your benefits after a successful nine month back to work peroid, you now have to move out of disabled housing, and pay high rent again. See how screwed up this system really is? 

The US government tries to sugar coat everything. The next option is transferible Section 8. This can be used in conjunction with your SSD benefits, so that you are not living on the proverty line. Oh, but congress has decided not to fund Section 8. You're not going to get it, so you're still on the list. So back to below the proverty line with SSD benefits again!

I've had it! I'm changing all these abusive repetitive tapes. I will do what it takes to support myself and my family while having the income that we deserve. That's the positive. The solution is to remove myself,  step by step, so that I don't have to pay Social Security back.  I would have to add in a part-time job that I am compatible with, along with my abilities as a writer, CPT, and Spin Instructor.

 

 

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  1. Teresa Thomas
    Teresa Thomas
    Vote #3. Wow1 I hear you on this thought my friend. I am having to find a way to obtain the finances around here to keep us afloat as well. I went down and assisted my sons in filing for their taxes yesterday, and was told that my 24 year old will have to claim me next year as his dependent and to put him as the head of the house hold. I am in need of finding ways to earn some extra income in order for me to maintain the head of the house hold status. It is very rough out there these days. WE have to do what WE MUST TO SURVIVE.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Absolutely!
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  2. Lil Nana
    Lil Nana
    #4 Way to go, fight for your rights!!!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you Audrey. Sometimes I get exhausted fighting deaf ears in government. When I see something encouraging as in what you wrote, I get up and go at it again.
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  3. Rene
    Rene
    Voted. I don't have the fight you're in, then again here in Georgia, they don't have anything like that for disabled ppl. Instead they kick you off SSI when they decide you're no longer disabled. So you have to get an attorney, pay out of pocket the fees & fight to get back on it even if you've been going to therapy & your therapist tells them you're still unable to work. The whole system is backwards... so fight for your rights & don't give up. There is a silver lining somewhere!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Did Georgia not adapt the back to work ticket law for SSDI? That's what I think that you are saying here. This law umbrellas everyone with disabilities under the governments terms except for the Blind. That's because the Blind along with The Commission for The Blind, stood up for themselves, stood online during the kennedy administration in 1964, and won their rights federally for SSI and SSDI. That meant hundreds of thousands stood online. This included them being able work while receiving benefits with then limit of $1000. more per month.
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  4. Broken English
    Broken English
    Voted. Good blog. It is no easier for disabled people here in the UK sadly.
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  5. sweedly
    sweedly
    I understand exactly what you are saying. My SSD is so small it is laughable, and so my mom has been helping me pay my bills. The place I live in is owned by friends who get reduced rent in exchange for a person who takes care of their house. But even at that the money for food is not always there each month. So I write and do surveys and count my pennies. I thought about the back to work program, but as you said it is tricky and you have to be careful about earnings, and it is hard to understand. The poor and the disabled always suffer in the hands of the government. Oh, to be healthy again. Voted!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      My father was helping when he was living. He passed over a year ago Sept. Since then, my friends and Church have been helping. I've been on the list for section 8 since 2004 and my apt is eligible, but the republicans in NJ, aren't funding it. Now that I have the power of the word, I write to support the little bean sac that I get from SSD, each month. Many times I had to fight to keep that bean sac because it was better then nothing...I'm looking for something part-time, but then again it's fit the pegs. I made commitments to continue in my writing and to have something by the middle of March for I'm too far behind on rent. I had two roommates. The first one left and demanded her money back. The second one couldn't afford to stay and we are still very good friends. The Church has tried to place people with Miley and me. And they are still looking. Another friend called with a perspective room mate. It looks like he is good fit. He's working two jobs in NJ and can't afford the rent not even for a room. As most can't afford the rents here. Then for the disabled housing, there is a 8-15 year wait. So I'm applying now.
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  6. SignLanguage
    You can always move temporarily to Canada. You don' t have to pay the social security back! ;) I know, I know... the hassle of asking for citizenship might not be worth. But what a plus it is for us, and, *knock on wood* hopefully it'll stay that way.
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    1. SignLanguage
      Oh, and I voted!
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      1. pftsusan
        pftsusan
        That would be really jumping ship if I did that. Thanks for the vote.
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