I need these things because I do not have the capacity to do these things for myself. Now, some people might pass judgment on me negatively for these short comings. But this isn’t about me, it’s about what it will take to get me off the streets. What you may think I “deserve” is beside the point.
I am in need, first off, of a person willing to take up my case. Yes, a case manager. But even more than a case manager. Nearly all case managers are desk jockeys, they work in their offices and expect their clients to come in to talk, and then leave with instructions to follow. I am unable to do that. What the case manager thinks I should do, I need the case manager to do it for me. Instead of me going around town filling out applications for apartments, I need a case manager to find an apartment where I will be accepted, given my certain issues. The case manager would work as my advocate, discussing my issues with the apartment management and convince them to take me on, regardless of any deficiencies I have. This apartment will also have to be within a price range that I can afford.
Then my case manager will have to help me make arrangements to pay my rent each and every month – being certain that this money does not reach my hands. (I get a disability check each month.) I understand budgets, I am just unable to maintain them. I am known for being capricious. I get easily distracted and can end up on a bad path, one where I end up without enough money to pay rent. What little money I have left after rent is paid I’ll just use for food and other necessities as they develop.
That’s all I need really, someone to hook me up with some place I can afford, and to make arrangements for that place to be paid for – the more I am not a part of that process the better.
It’s easy enough, don’t ya think? Who wants to end my homelessness?