in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Make Social Security easier to navigate and obtain
From: Nan W., Portland, OR
Due to disabilities, and through no fault of my own, I've been unemployable for the last four and a half years. I have had no income for that long. I've been fighting and struggling for help from Social Security for over three years, which is now the norm. To make it completely hellish, the state of Oregon does not help those in my situation, except with food stamps, which aren't enough to eat on for a month. So, I have to steal toilet paper, as I have no family support, significant other, or (anymore) friends able to help. I live in monthly terror of my phone being turned off (the state assistance plan gets it down to ten bucks a month), as well as my water and sewer bill getting me evicted for non-payment (my apartment lease requires that I am up to date on payments). It's a miracle I'm not homeless. If I didn't have faith, I don't think, at age 55, that I'd have made it this far! As for ideas? How, in a system so thoroughly corrupted by corporate money and agendas? You tell me. I know e-mailing legislators is a total waste of time. Their response? What I call "willful ignorance."