Showing posts with label apartment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label apartment. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Exactly What I Need To Get Off The Streets For Good.

OK, now I'm going to explain what it is I need so to get out of homelessness.  It's very basic, everyone with a 4th grade education or higher will be able to follow along.

I need these things because I do not have the capacity to do these things for myself.  Now, some people might pass judgment on me negatively for these short comings. But this isn't about me, it's about what it will take to get me off the streets.  What you may think I "deserve" is beside the point.

I am in need, first off, of a person willing to take up my case.  Yes, a case manager.  But even more than a case manager.   Nearly all case managers are desk jockeys, they work in their offices and expect their clients to come in to talk, and then leave with instructions to follow.  I am unable to do that.  What the case manager thinks I should do, I need the case manager to do it for me.  Instead of me going around town filling out applications for apartments, I need a case manager to find an apartment where I will be accepted, given my certain issues.   The case manager would work as my advocate, discussing my issues with the apartment management and convince them to take me on, regardless of any deficiencies I have.   This apartment will also have to be within a price range that I can afford.

Then my case manager will have to help me make arrangements to pay my rent each and every month - being certain that this money does not reach my hands. (I get a disability check each month.) I understand budgets, I am just unable to maintain them.  I am known for being capricious.  I get easily distracted and can end up on a bad path, one where I end up without enough money to pay rent.  What little money I have left after rent is paid I'll just use for food and other necessities as they develop.

That's all I need really, someone to hook me up with some place I can afford, and to make arrangements for that place to be paid for - the more I am not a part of that process the better.

It's easy enough, don't ya think?  Who wants to end my homelessness?

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Homed

The details of the excruciating events leading up to this moment, I'll save for another post. But to let you know, I did move into an apartment yesterday afternoon. It is a tiny place - could fit the entire thing in the living room I had in my last apartment. But my last apartment was 3 years ago. Though while in it, those three years dragged on. But now one step removed, it moved by fairly rapidly. That may be just from the perspective of my advanced age. I'm now 47 years old. How three years can seem like nothing, sometimes!

The location is very good. It is close enough to downtown that I can walk to the library and church. And it is on a bus line, so if it's raining, or I can't walk, for whatever reason, I have that convenience. This little strip of apartments is on the edge of a notoriously dangerous drug infested neighborhood. Yet a lot has been done to clean up the area in the past couple years. Last night people did come knocking at my door at 1:30am. No, I didn't answer it. From what I heard, the last person to live in that unit was dealing drugs. It will take some time before people learn to go elsewhere. I'm not sure what I can do about it in the mean time. Stay away from the apartment myself during those hours, I guess.

Within just a couple of blocks of my place there is a Walgreens drug store, a Krystals, a Sonics, A Burgerking and a Subway. The nearest grocery store is miles away. Cafe Coco is only a 15 minute walk away. Baptist Hospital is closer. The State Capitol building is one mile away.

Looks like I need just about everything for this place. But it's a small place, so I don't need much of everything! The first things that come to mind:

cleaning supplies
mini vacuum
mop
twin size blanket
sheets
towels for shower
shower curtain
pots and pans
toaster oven (no microwave oven for me please)
cooking and eating utensils
ice trays
drink cups (large)
water filter
coffee maker
food
(I can't have any pets)

The living room and bed room are the same room. What I would eventually like to do is get rid of the mattress and get a futon mattress, without the frame. I'd just put the mattress on the floor at night, and fold it up and keep it stuffed in a closet during the day.

And I'd like to hang decorative rugs to hide the ugly walls and for soundproofing.

There is a window with mini blinds on it, but I think people could still see in, so I'd like to put some kind of curtain up, in addition to the blinds. It's a small window.

There is very little storage space, and that may be good, cause I don't want to collect a lot of stuff. I don't plan on being at this place more than a year. But I still need a way to store things - like those milk crates people steal from grocery stores. I could hide a stack of those behind a rug.

Again, this place is small - perhaps only 200 square feet.

Ok, well it's time to go meet with my case manager. She's bringing me some things, though I don't know what.

Friday, April 25, 2008

DAMN IT ALL

Everything that needs to be done - everything I'm supposed to do, my case manager is supposed to do, everything HUD is supposed to do, everything that UHS.org is supposed to do - scratch that.

Everything is in order as far as I know. The very last thing to happen is that HUD is supposed to inspect the unit to make sure it's up to codes. Once the unit is given the OK, I am allowed to move in. The same day even. I was told that the unit was inspected yesterday morning. All day yesterday I waited for a call from my case manager, or from UHS.org (the people in charge of the reality), telling to go get the key to the place.

I received my laptop two days ago and stayed up all night working on it. Then I was told about the inspection being done, and expected to move in yesterday. Again, I never got the call. So, I had my laptop with me and didn't want to take it with me to the mission, so I stayed all night again last night (yep, that's two nights in a row without sleep).

If I don't get the call today, to get the key to my apartment unit, I will have to wait until Monday. That's three more nights of staying at the mission. I REALLY DON'T WANT to stay at the mission, especially if there is another place waiting for me to move in. And what about my laptop? I'll have to entrust it with someone (more than likely my case manager (she is trustworthy). And won't have the laptop again until Monday as well.

What in the world could be holding things up? Worst of all, I'm getting absolutely no communication from anyone about what I actually happening.

Aurgh!