COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – Althea Kimbrough can now tell us all about her peppers after qualifying for a government program that helped her stay home after the pandemic.
“I almost ended up homeless,” says Kimbrough.
This after being labeled high risk during the pandemic with several health issues. “I have diabetes, high blood pressure, I have right-sided sciatica,” Kimbrough says.
This creates severe back pain and prevents her from standing for long, preventing Althea from working.
It almost cost her her house, but thanks to a government program, she can enjoy her garden.
“I was able to qualify because I had no type of income. My landlord had issued an eviction notice,” Kimbrough says, leaving her to seek help,
More recently, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the 8-11 program specifically for people with disabilities who find themselves unemployed and unable to find housing.
At Access to Independence they are available to help people find programs like 8-11.
“The Section 8 voucher, which helps people who are elderly or disabled or who are on the government shelf and the government will pay half or maybe help the homeless,” says housing specialist Ronaldo Morrison.
“Unfortunately, there are not many accommodation options. We try to get them to call as soon as possible. That way they have options,” says Shannon Ginn, Para Support Coordinator Giving People Like Althea Options. “Try to make a house a home,” Kimbrough says.
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