We appreciate that people have many causes to give their donations to, however this quarter we received very few donations to help this cause. People with disabilities have special needs and make very little income per month, some less that $800 and in this struggling economy that amount is too little to even afforda a place to live. We have just experienced a hurricane in SW Florida that was the worst in SW Florida History, so most individuals with disabilities are now homeless and are struggling to survive. We helped many disabled clients this quarter with food, water, clothing and household supplies and we are working on building two more homes where they can afford to live, but we can't do that without your help of donations
We appreciate any and all donations and hope that you will continue to give to this great cause, understanding it only takes one catistrophic event to make someone disabled, a car accident, a fall, illness, etc. These individuals need help with everything so any donation is appreciated!
Housing people that are disabled and are becoming homeless is challenging to say the least due to rising rent prices and prices to build and with so many people that are disabled and elderly becoming homeless with no where to go. We have just been awarded funds to build 5 more SRO houses which will house either 8 disabled couples per house or 4 individuals per house. That is the good news! Your support is needed to help with Case Management, items to furnish the houses with and simple things like food and clothing.
Most of the disabled individuals that have spent any time on the street in addition to health issues have severe mental health issues so when we house them it does not stop there, we connect them with counseling, transportation and in-home care. The funds you donate do make a difference!
This quarter we were able to house 3 more individuals with disabilities. With reduced housing stock housing people who are very low income is a challenge. With the average individual on Social Security Disability making between $730 to $1200 a month finding affordable housing that allows them to live and be able to afford food and other necessary items. The housing that we build and maintain for these individuals allows them to pay no more than 30% of their income for housing which in this day and age is near impossible. We also work with getting these individuals "mainstream vouchers" which helps to reduce their rent even further. Along with reduced rents we connect these disabled clients to necessary services such as Food Banks, Transportation, Health Care and Mental Health Services. Your donations do make a difference in helping these individuals live a normal and productive lives. Thank you so much for your help!
It's October and the price of "affordable housing" continues to rise. The average person who is disabled makes between $794-$1400 per month on SSDI & SS and the average rent starts at $1200 per month for a 1 bedroom apartment, so you can understand why it is so important to continue to build and rehabilitate housing for Seniors and disabled individuals as most of these individuals are becoming homeless and or are homeless.
All of our available affordable rental units are full with seniors and disabled individuals and the need has increased 2-fold for affordable rental units. We will start building another SRO (Single Room Occupancy Dwelling) home this month, but in the meantime let's measure what we have done so far with our donations. Your continued support is used to insure that the individuals we house have safe affordable housing. The last house we finished earlier this year we have housed 4 disabled individuals but in addition they have been connected with services such as in-home care givers, food and medical care which was not available to them when they were living on the street. What we do saves lives and your support helps us take the most vulnerable individuals and give them a second chance at life. Thank you so much for helping us help them to make a difference!
So the house is finished and we are getting ready to start building another house, but we did not think of were the little things that can help severely disabled clients in the homes that were already built. We live in a Hurricane area of the United States and if the power goes down the clients that we have housed can be left without power for days and even weeks. This quarter we invested in a generator that is built in and will turn on as soon as the power goes off because these clients will not be able to seek shelter anywhere else due to their Chronic Health issues and without electricity for that length of time could cause be a major issue and could be the difference between life or death. The houses are built like a bomb shelter with concrete walls, impact windows and doors but without power these clients health and life is at risk. Generators of this magnitude without mentioning any brand names cost over $14,000 ($14,480 installed to be exact). So your donations this quarter went to purchase one generator for one house of severely disabled individuals.
Without your donations and help we could not do this great work! Thanking you so much for all you to help us help them!
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