IHI Residents Share Their Stories
Ben
Ben
Ben
Ben is 74 years old and, after having a stroke several years ago, he struggles to walk with a cane. Ben's sole income is SSI (meaning he lives on about $674/month) and his rent is almost 75% of his total income. He manages his own money and usually pays rent on time, but he began getting behind and recently missed an entire month of rent. With such a limited income, getting caught up seemed almost impossible. In addition, Ben was having a hard time keeping his apartment clean, which was resulting in unhealthy living conditions, pest infestations and housekeeping notices that were also threatening his tenancy. Resident Services offered to help Ben pay his back rent through IHI's Emergency Fund, and in exchange Ben agreed to sign up for a payee service and to use an in-home care provider to maintain his unit, shop for groceries and help with personal care. IHI's Benefits Specialist completed the application for in-home care through Adult Disability Services and helped Ben identify and choose an in-home care provider. IHI staff also accompanied him to the social security office to apply for payee services. Ben's housing is now secure, and his clean living conditions and increased food security contribute to a higher quality of life.