PLEASE help Julie to stay safe.
Years ago our beautiful Julie was a bright, vivacious, joyful young woman in love with life. Since then some early poor life choices and illness have left her suffering from seizures, neurological and brain damage, memory loss, anxiety/depression disorder, bipolar disorder, and numerous physical problems. She’s surviving moment-to-moment and doing the best she can—a good person who has faced some bad breaks with courage, but she is overwhelmed by circumstances that aren’t her fault and are out of her control. She is unable to hold even a menial job, as she is unable to focus or follow through with simple job responsibilities. And she is about to be homeless.
Her only resources are welfare of $198 per month plus $200 in food stamps. She gets some additional food from the local food bank, and Medicaid pays for her psychiatric care, prescriptions, and a welfare therapist, who is searching for additional assistance of any kind. She is unable to pay her $750/month rent in Seattle and will be forced out of her apartment and onto the street in a month. She is terrified, and we fear for her life if it happens.
We are a small group of Julie’s family and friends, who have given all they can over the past year to keep her safe. At this point there is not enough left to pay next month’s rent. There are no other resources. We are desperate for your help to keep Julie housed until just one of the avenues we are pursuing comes through as a more permanent solution. There are possibilities, but bureaucracy moves slowly, and none will come soon enough.
A hearing for federal disability is scheduled for 10 months from now. She is on lists for all affordable housing opportunities in Seattle, Skagit, and San Juan Counties. Wait lists for most are 5 years; one may open up in 3 years. We call each of the housing authorities every week to check for openings. We are working closely with both Seattle and San Juan County social workers to seek both short term emergency help and long term help she will need to secure suitable care into the future.
But for now we just need to keep her off the street, where she simply cannot make it on her own. Please help us to do that. We hope to raise $20,000, which will keep her safely housed for 2 years. If anything remains after we have found a long term solution, it will be donated to help the homeless. Please, please help us.
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