Ft Lauderdale, FL
KG is a 62-year-old veteran who has diabetes and a potentially fatal kidney condition. In recent years she has been periodically homeless. Although she has previously found temporary housing in community shelters, with her fragile health and advanced age, she now fears getting exposed to COVID-19. She is staying temporarily in a motel room provided by a local religious charity.
Florida should build more housing where people on limited income can pay a portion of the rent, she suggests. The wait lists are so long, she notes, it seems like they'll never call your name.
"No one cares about helping people when they get older and need healthcare and can't afford to buy food," she says.
Her struggles have weighed heavily on her, and she was recently diagnosed with depression. But she has been unable to get treatment or medications to treat her mental health.
“I try to function through it,” KG says. “I don’t let it get to me. In a crisis situation like this pandemic, someone who enlisted, who helped defend our country should be helped. I’m a human being."
Still, she remains hopeful her life will turn around and she is willing to get a new start with training and education in a new field.
"Even at my age, I want to better my education," she says. "People can do better if they can get help. But without the resources, how can they?"
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