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Old 12-23-2010, 01:45 PM
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I really need some help, and am seeking advice/useful information regarding costs of public and/or subsidized housing, public transportation or low cost alternative transport for the disabled; primarily in urban areas of the United States I cannot seem to find any one place for finding any such information; so i am hopeful you folks will be able to help me.

Some background, so you know the situation....Living in Illinois/rural area on approximately 700 dollars per month disability income (SSDI). Support both my wife and i on this income which is supplemented by 145 dollars in food stamps per month. Currently living in a public housing facility rampant with drugs and dealers, and other undesirable situations. We have no vehicle and live about 3 miles from regular stores (grocery) and medical clinics..nearest hospital is about 8 miles away. Currently depend upon either the kindness of neighbors (yeah right/ can you say almost non- existent) or our feet for transportation. Let me tell you with my Cardio- Myopathy and COPD it really is an inconvenience to say the least to walk very far. When going shopping (walking to do so) it takes me about 3-4 days or so to somewhat physically recover from the event. So without droning on and on these are the basic facts.

What i am trying to find out is which cities whatever size they might be, provide the most affordable housing, best/most affordable and available transportation options (bus, subway, vans) at the lowest cost of living (food/utilities) for someone in my situation which i refer to as disabled and trapped without any viable options. I feel like my wife and i have no option currently except to deal with this bleak existence. So i am turning to you folks here on this forum ..to see what other options there are, what other possibilities there might be. please...i look forward to your remarks and suggestions, i will truly consider them all. Thanks
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Old 12-23-2010, 03:30 PM
Location: Near a river
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There are many public housing complexes for seniors. There are long lists. You should first determine what state you want to live in. I would say go for nice towns (college towns) rather than cities as you would benefit from being in a smaller environment Many have senior centers and survival centers for food, etc. Google "affordable senior housing college towns" for the heck of it to see what you find. Do you have money to move?
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:42 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Are you eligible for Veteran's Assistance?

As an ambulatory couple you might have several NICE options.

How would you like a nice private and fully equipped village overlooking the Puget Sound?
Veterans Home

In your same situation and Without VA, I would do the above recommendation from NewEngGal. Decide on a few nice areas that you WANT to live, then find the service availability. Certainly some states / counties will be better equipped and funded. There are some really nice subsidized housing options in my region. These cats really have their act together >>>>
Columbia Gorge and Mid-Columbia Housing Authority (WA and OR towns are handled by this agency)

For something closer to home, I would look in Minneapolis / St Paul, MN and Madison, WI (I'm sure there is something even closer if you need / want to stay in the IL area). Find a 'Mennonite' town or similar. They'll care for you
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