Prior to August 2020, my husband (77) was fully retired and I (75) had my own business as a Notary Public, and doing ink and livescan fingerprinting.
In the very early days of August, 2020, both my husband and I began experiencing extreme weakness but neither of us made the connection with COVID. On approximately 8/6/2020, my husband had a temperature of 103 but refused to go into the hospital and on 8/7 he was admitted to home hospice, and passed away on 8/9/2020, at home.
The following day, 8/10/2020, I was admitted to the Kaiser hospital in Honolulu, with COVID. I was in Kaiser Hospital just under a full month, and transferred from there to a rehabilitation facility because I was extremely malnourished and had lost a lot of weight.
I spent just under a week in rehab and was discharged home on 9/9/202.
In addition to the residual effects from COVID, some slight shortness of breath and continuing to get stronger, I am also a breast cancer survivor. I continue on IV Chemotherapy which is planned for 6 months and then possible continuation with a maintenance program.
RENT: October thru December
I was able to pay August and September rent from the combined SS but have not been able to pay starting with October. My SS is $927, which will go up a little but many things are on hold because I had to apply for assistance for my husband to be cremated and the cremation was required to get a Death Certificate which social service agencies require to substantiate application information. That has been done so I now need to supply that form to Social Security and also to supplement my application for Financial assistance from Welfare and Food Stamps. I anticipate the financial assistance which was refused initially because of my past income will now be approved since I am no longer generating income from the fingerprinting.
I'm asking for assistance to cover the October - December rent. October and November are currently past due, and December is not past due until 12/10.
I have applied to some other programs specifically for those impacted by COVID, but, like everything, even those programs have been impacted by delays in processing applications.
The impact of chemotherapy (progressive tiredness) has led me to totally turn my fingerprinting business over to an associate and I am continuing, as I am able, to provide notary services, on occasion.
The late fee on the rent is being waived and I believe they are prohibited from evicting (not positive). Having assistance with this will be a great relief for me from the stress, and will give me the opportunity to move forward with further applications for assistance with social services agencies.
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