This is Will and Grace. The Northern California version 2.0. And Will's service dog Andy.
Once homeless, now housed with a one year lease in West Oakland and too many unpacked boxes from storage. Revised June 6, 2020.
Will still needs spinal surgery and he is suffering every day. Even standing is an extremely painful and he can't help as he wants too.
Grace is still dealing with the limitations and deficiencies caused by the severity of her stroke in 2016 which caused a traumatic brain injury and made it impossible for her to work as a Corporate Finance Professional, and of course the loss of income. Her livelihood and sense of self worth was gone. And she found out who her true friends were - the ones that didn't dismiss her from their life or claim she was now a "mental" patient. That is how she became homeless. Her adopted mother caused her stroke and had the decency to pass from this life before Grace had the truly devastating stroke. She had an evaluation at UCSF almost 3 years after the devastating incident, and was told she had a history of stroke. At least half a dozen or more. When she had it and living in a neighborhood County, she was denied a neurologist for 19 months, and that "doctor" stated it was a mild stroke and she was suffering from depression.
She is robbed of her life and told she is just depressed? She has difficulty walking, speaking and swallowing and has retinopathy and is currently blind in one eye with mounting doctor's bills and ongoing care and she has MediCaid along with Medicare. In other words, for a woman of nearly 55 years, she is living the life of a much older woman and a depressing and meager life it is.
Will and Grace now have Section 8 housing and movers took advantage of them, moving everything in the apartment with no consideration of the labeling on boxes. Her father's ashes are somewhere in the pile of boxes which is a fire threat and impossible for these two to deal with. At least they have a roof over their heads, a bathroom and a kitchen. Grace is incontinent due to the stroke and they both are diabetics. Will has a decent budget for food stamps and he gets General Assistance, in total $500 a month. That is all for a previously successful business man who had the audacity to take care of his loving mother durning her decline from Alzheimers and his brother steals the estate from him and makes him homeless, due to Will being a loving and caring uncle who decided not to alienate the wonderful niece he loved as a daughter, who sued for emancipation from her abusive parents and deviant father. Brother Gary destoys the family, why not financially destroy his older brother? Mom's dead. What can she do to screw him over? As if she ever did, even as he threatened her his whole life.
This is a problem #Ellen or #Oprah can quickly throw some cash at. We need someone(s) like that. Spread the word. Help them. Gracie has a voice she will use to speak out for the homeless community and the poverty-stricken. And she will write about this journey and experience, and all the people they have met. A 3rd world country exists within the United States. Our system is not working. Gracie lived in Scandinavia in the mid-'80s, so she has a different perspective. Homelessness, poverty, and a pandemic. Over 100,000 lives lost and more to come. An ongoing story that impacts all of us. How will it end? Help them tell the story of the lost, forgotten and ignored all too often because they're all drug users or want to live on the streets. There are too many that don't want that life and there are homeless still out there that are like Grace - a non-drug user, no criminal record and historically a goodie two shoes. Will does imbibe, but when you need spinal surgery and you've been thrown out by your own brother, drinking makes sense to dull the pain, especially when you're homeless. He has no record, is not a drug user, does take prescriptions that don't work. He and Grace have the same insurance, so no relief there without a ton of appointments, meaningless and untherapeutic therapy if offered, or referrals that might happen someday. In other words, pretty much no medical. As long as the State doesn't change a program detail and uninsures you for several months, as happened to Gracie the first half of this year.
Will & Grace 2.0
Livermore, CA 94551