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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-30-07 03:33 PM
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12. I never knew the frustration
I have been unemployed off and on- when I am employed I make good money. Usually between jobs I collect unemployment comp. This time my employer fought me and won so I have no income and an apartment to pay for. I am eligible for food stamps only. But they require a huge amound of documentation (like birth certificate) which I had to go to another city to get so it was a very big deal to go get it. The case workers have 700 cases each and they never answer their phones or return messages.

I called for 5 days straight trying to make an appt and then I went over there. The people who work at the center are very unhurried and act like I am crazy because I am upset about this. I've been waiting since May 21 for food money and still don't have it.

A friend of mine is on disability and another one is applying for it. I guess they have been dealing with this stuff for years, because when I tell them they don't look surprised. They are surprised that I am surprised! This is the US government- why should I expect it to work?! And sometimes they treat you like you are trying to get away with something. I have only recently realized that there have been other times that I could have applied for this and did not.

And the food pantries - I hear you get a lot of peanut butter, pasta, and ragu sauce? Never fresh fruit or anything like that.
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  -Is there really nobody at DU experiencing poverty from the inside? undeterred  Jun-30-07 01:20 PM   #0 
  - I think you answered your own question  Xipe Totec   Jun-30-07 01:23 PM   #1 
  - I believe that bobolink is currently homeless  Midlodemocrat   Jun-30-07 01:23 PM   #2 
  - Bobolink's living situation improved, last time I checked in.  sfexpat2000   Jun-30-07 11:42 PM   #13 
     - Nope, apartment polluted, got pneumonia, would be continually sick, so homeless again.  bobbolink   Jul-12-07 03:32 PM   #23 
     - That's news to me. Why am I always the last to know?  bobbolink   Jan-27-08 01:38 PM   #66 
  - I don`t think that we have many poverty strikken, but  rubberducky   Jun-30-07 01:27 PM   #3 
  - There are a few  sandnsea   Jun-30-07 01:31 PM   #4 
  - I imagine the hungry person would spend their money somewhere  crim son   Jun-30-07 01:34 PM   #5 
  - It's really sad that all the library internet connections have been eliminated.  bobbolink   Jul-12-07 03:34 PM   #24 
  - Why would a homeless person do that?  Midlodemocrat   Jul-23-07 03:55 PM   #36 
  - all the job listings are now online is one reason.  zonmoy   Jul-29-07 03:48 PM   #43 
  - What?  Naturyl   Jan-05-08 07:18 AM   #58 
  - WTF?  Artiechoke   Jan-03-09 01:30 AM   #102 
  - Almost 100% of libraries have public connections  Citizen Number 9   Dec-18-08 10:55 PM   #99 
  - Hello? Libraries are FREE. geeeez!  Hellenic_Pagan   Jan-16-08 06:25 PM   #63 
     - I am so incredibly grateful for our public library.  Uncle Sinister   Feb-08-08 02:13 PM   #72 
     - Jobless since April, in Michigan you are applying against hundreds of  sarcasmo   Jan-30-09 07:47 PM   #103 
        - Best wishes for you! All of this is one gigantic CRIME!  bobbolink   Jan-31-09 02:13 PM   #105 
  - I don't have money for food right now  undeterred   Jun-30-07 02:01 PM   #6 
  - thank you for turning a light on the subject  Stargazer99   Jun-30-07 02:48 PM   #9 
  - The other thing I've noticed is that  undeterred   Jun-30-07 02:56 PM   #10 
     - So true. I come from a Latino family and we still help each other  sfexpat2000   Jun-30-07 11:45 PM   #14 
        - Yeah,  Hellenic_Pagan   Jan-16-08 06:29 PM   #64 
  - Sadly, the ignorance about poverty is just as prevalent at DU as anywhere else.  bobbolink   Jul-12-07 03:37 PM   #25 
     - Bingo... "choice" is the deadliest word  Naturyl   Jan-05-08 07:23 AM   #59 
  - lots of DUers having a financial struggle. many jobless (i don't know HOW many). i would  sojourner   Jun-30-07 02:31 PM   #7 
  - That, and it's hard to get an internet connection  DarkTirade   Jul-03-07 10:48 AM   #19 
  - homeless people need love and acceptance, too.  bobbolink   Jul-12-07 03:38 PM   #26 
     - ...  undeterred   Jul-16-07 06:41 PM   #29 
        - Thanks! That means a lot!  bobbolink   Jul-24-07 02:00 AM   #37 
  - Labels do not depict..  stillcool47   Jun-30-07 02:42 PM   #8 
  - I am low income enough to be elegible for SSI and MA and Food  jwirr   Jun-30-07 03:18 PM   #11 
  - I never knew the frustration  undeterred   Jun-30-07 03:33 PM   #12 
     - Yes and wait till they start sending you the monthly income report.  jwirr   Jul-01-07 10:04 AM   #15 
     - There's only been once before that I really needed it  undeterred   Jul-01-07 11:24 AM   #16 
     - I'm sorry you're having to learn the hard way.  bobbolink   Jul-12-07 03:42 PM   #27 
     - Love This Post!  mntleo2   Jul-21-07 11:01 AM   #31 
        - Glad you posted!  undeterred   Jul-21-07 02:40 PM   #32 
        - Oh Hon!  mntleo2   Jul-22-07 02:31 AM   #33 
           - You just reminded me of something  undeterred   Jul-22-07 09:47 AM   #34 
           - Copper theft spoils $500,000 worth of Indiana food bank groceries  InkAddict   Jul-31-07 08:09 PM   #47 
        - I am not ashmaed of being poor either  Naturyl   Jan-05-08 07:32 AM   #60 
        - Just a question?  votenovember2008   Mar-14-08 09:28 AM   #78 
     - Are these similar to the government workers who will be  usnret88   Jun-30-08 11:19 AM   #85 
  - of course there are, perhaps just not posting in this topic forum  uppityperson   Jul-01-07 06:47 PM   #17 
  - I've been right on the upper edge of it for a good portion of my life.  DarkTirade   Jul-03-07 10:45 AM   #18 
  - Update: looks like I've found a way to stave off the gutter for a bit.  DarkTirade   Jul-07-07 05:42 PM   #20 
     - I'm so glad to hear you have the use of her car!! I hope you find  hashibabba   Jul-11-07 03:42 PM   #22 
        - Thanks. A friend of mine just told me they're looking for about 200 new people  DarkTirade   Jul-28-07 10:49 PM   #41 
  - not homeless or hungry, yet... but hopeless  kineneb   Jul-10-07 09:32 PM   #21 
  - hello kineneb  undeterred   Jul-16-07 06:30 PM   #28 
  - I appreciate you replying to so many people here who are suffering!  bobbolink   Jul-24-07 02:07 AM   #38 
     - I'm starting back to work this week  undeterred   Jul-24-07 08:51 PM   #39 
     - Best to you, bobo  Naturyl   Jan-05-08 07:38 AM   #61 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-20-07 09:51 AM   #30 
  - Perhaps Michael Moore can shed some light-- have you seen this?  antigop   Jul-23-07 11:42 AM   #35 
  - A lot of people do not understand poverty  turtlelowe   Jul-28-07 01:06 AM   #40 
  - I'm disabled and am currently supporting three people on SSI.  cutlassmama   Aug-14-07 01:20 AM   #56 
  - Me, sorta  dropkickpa   Jul-29-07 12:01 AM   #42 
  - Ugh  undeterred   Jul-29-07 06:21 PM   #44 
     - Yep  dropkickpa   Aug-03-07 08:26 PM   #49 
  - poverty can sneak up on you  angrycarpenter   Jul-31-07 04:20 PM   #45 
  - welcome to DU  undeterred   Jul-31-07 05:24 PM   #46 
  - Even with a kid  dropkickpa   Aug-03-07 08:25 PM   #48 
     - 18000 a year is too much? Jeez...  DarkTirade   Aug-05-07 12:09 PM   #50 
        - Well, things are looking up  dropkickpa   Aug-05-07 01:14 PM   #51 
           - Yeah, I know what that's like.  DarkTirade   Aug-07-07 03:04 AM   #53 
  - wait it gets worse  angrycarpenter   Aug-05-07 04:39 PM   #52 
     - It's not just your field too.  DarkTirade   Aug-08-07 05:41 AM   #54 
        - I am an IT person and I had to call the helpdesk  undeterred   Aug-09-07 09:26 PM   #55 
  - Disabled, dirt poor, and a DUer.  Naturyl   Jan-05-08 07:13 AM   #57 
  - Disabled, dirt poor, and a DUer also.  cutlassmama   Jan-15-08 05:03 PM   #62 
  - I'm homeless. OK? It doesn't get much support from "progressives"  bobbolink   Jan-26-08 03:22 PM   #65 
  - Those people are not really progressive  kdmorris   Jan-29-08 07:57 AM   #67 
  - Plenty I imagine, but it's not something we like to brag about.  ConcernedCanuk   Jan-29-08 07:20 PM   #68 
  - Almost there....  Kare   Jan-31-08 04:25 PM   #69 
  - I guess we're all in the same sinking boat  undeterred   Feb-02-08 05:08 PM   #70 
     - check your pm for info and below are websites for anyone w/CC debt  fed-up   Feb-25-08 09:35 PM   #76 
  - I was homeless until fairly recently.  Uncle Sinister   Feb-08-08 02:09 PM   #71 
  - thanks for sharing your story  undeterred   Feb-17-08 10:54 AM   #73 
  - Thank you, Uncle Sinister, and I'm so glad you have that roof, hot water, and warm bed!  bobbolink   Feb-17-08 04:57 PM   #74 
  - Thanks for posting your experiences  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   Feb-17-08 05:14 PM   #75 
  - yep  casstheturtle   Feb-29-08 01:36 PM   #77 
  - Welcome to DU  undeterred   Jun-22-08 05:12 PM   #83 
  - I have many patients who are living multi-family or taking care of grand-and great grandkids  w8liftinglady   Mar-14-08 01:03 PM   #79 
  - I Have Been All 3 Of Those Things Several Times  AccessGranted   Jun-19-08 02:04 AM   #80 
  - i'm jobless  kagehime   Jun-20-08 05:56 PM   #81 
  - I hear WalMart is hiring. I'm not intending to be snarky...  bobbolink   Jun-21-08 12:46 PM   #82 
  - What about any kind of job at a good company?  TexasBushwhacker   Jun-30-08 11:49 PM   #86 
  - Hey!  julios   Jun-26-08 02:21 AM   #84 
  - I have lived below the poverty line.  Political Heretic   Jul-08-08 04:13 AM   #87 
  - It exists. My family is poor.  oktoberain   Nov-09-08 04:09 PM   #88 
  - I don't know what TANF is.  undeterred   Nov-10-08 09:48 AM   #89 
  - Jobless 11 months checking in. nt  curse of greyface   Nov-11-08 02:18 AM   #90 
  - We are still here!  Acryliccalico   Nov-18-08 12:55 AM   #91 
  - Sorry for all your are going through, Acrylliccalico!  bobbolink   Nov-18-08 02:54 PM   #92 
  - I am sorry for your situation.  undeterred   Nov-20-08 12:32 PM   #93 
  - Being poor I have always wondered the opposite: Are there any  jwirr   Nov-23-08 08:12 PM   #94 
  - When I hear that someone just gave the maximum amount  undeterred   Nov-26-08 12:34 PM   #96 
  - Still have a job  MzYvonne   Nov-26-08 11:45 AM   #95 
  - Ouch. I hope you have somewhere to go.  undeterred   Nov-26-08 11:43 PM   #97 
     - No  MzYvonne   Nov-27-08 06:43 AM   #98 
  - Jobless, as of April 24th 2008, lucky for us my wife has income, for now.  sarcasmo   Dec-20-08 03:05 PM   #100 
  - I am... but I don't feel like writing about it  Political Heretic   Dec-21-08 02:57 AM   #101 
  - I understand. There are too many who are willing to "shame" us.  bobbolink   Jan-31-09 02:12 PM   #104 
  - "People who are mentally ill, who are uneducated, people who are alcoholic or have addictions"  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 01:24 AM   #106 
  - what do want to know? Define experiencing poverty from  mentalslavery   Feb-02-09 05:30 PM   #107 
  - I am afraid/embarrassed to complain...  Bonobo   Feb-04-09 06:26 PM   #108 
     - You make a lot of money?  Why Syzygy   Feb-04-09 08:53 PM   #109 
        - It's relative.  Bonobo   Feb-04-09 11:28 PM   #110 
           - I was agreeing with you. You're wrong. nt  Why Syzygy   Feb-04-09 11:56 PM   #111 
              - Jeez, I'd hate it if you disagreed.  Bonobo   Feb-05-09 12:02 AM   #112 
                 - I never said you don't deserve a hearing.  Why Syzygy   Feb-05-09 12:06 AM   #113 
                    - I hear you loud and clear. Thanks. nt  Bonobo   Feb-05-09 09:41 AM   #114 
 

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