Answers to More Questions 2

Can a sixty-three-year-old divorced male on Social Security receive Food Stamps?

Food Stamps have nothing to do with age, marital status or sex.  They are awarded based on poverty so, yes, your Social Security payments may be so low that you qualify for Food Stamps.  If I recall correctly, they take into consideration your income from all sources and your outgo for housing, fuel and dependent children. 

Food Stamps is the most irrational program I’ve come across.  I’ve spent years asking questions about Food Stamps and the answers are inconsistent and don’t make sense.  Two people, who are apparently in exactly the same circumstances, may receive very different levels of Food Stamps, for example, one gets $12 and the other gets $134.

If you are eligible for Food Stamps then you are also eligible for HEAP (Heating Emergency Assistance Program).  HEAP payments are released into the system in late November or early December.  They are supposed to come automatically if you’re getting Food Stamps but if you’re smart, you’ll call and confirm that you’re on the list.

        In HUD-subsidized housing, the management pays at least part of the electric bill and may pay it all.  I had an idiot manager.  Because she was paying part of the bill, she checked the box that said I didn’t pay any of it, which was wrong and was the reason I wasn’t getting HEAP.

How to get better judgment executive dysfunction

        It’s not clear what this question means.  I don’t know what “better judgment” is, or who establishes the criteria for what is “better” or what is “worse” judgment, but I do know some things about executive dysfunction.

        Executive dysfunction is a learning disorder that accompanies all forms of bipolar disorder and ADD/ADHD (attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).  It may be mild, moderate or pronounced and occurs without regard to level of intelligence.  I know a law professor and a Harvard doctoral student who both have it.

        Executive dysfunction affects the ability to sort, organize and prioritize.  People with executive dysfunction may be able to think brilliantly but they cannot internalize an external structure.  For example, it may be impossible to learn foreign languages, musical instruments or the sciences, all of which have their own external structure.  If you give me a blank screen, I can compose brilliant essays but if you give me a form—such as Medicaid’s 16-page recertification form, it can reduce me to tears.  I don’t know which parts of me to put in their boxes.

        People with executive dysfunction often can be found living in a shambles of papers, books, clothes, etc., because they can’t get organized and figure out where to put things.  If you’ve got a smart person with bipolar or ADD who is flunking out of school, check for executive dysfunction.

        Executive dysfunction can be diagnosed by a good psychologist based on tests and interviews, but virtually nobody is treating it.  In New York State, neither the Dept. of Education nor the Dept. of Health, nor Upstate Medical Hospital’s Dept. of Neurology, knew what to do.

        Dr. Kevin Antschel, a psychologist in Upstate Medical Hospital’s Dept. of Psychiatry, is the only person I know who knows exactly what to do.  He’s very good, very nice and very expensive.

        As a result of my work, VESID (NYS Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities) now has in its system an account code for executive dysfunction.  You can fight them and make them pay the bill for treatment if it is employment-related.

Do I qualify for Section 8 housing on Long Island, New York?

        To the best of my knowledge, Long Island is currently a part of New York State, which is a part of the United States, wherein Congress has enacted a law directing HUD to provide Section 8 housing to the citizens, including New York, including Long Island so, yes, even if you live on Long Island, you theoretically can get Section 8.

        However, Section 8 is based on income, i.e., low income.  The average household income on Long Island is $50,000, and the table of calculations for HUD subsidies is absolutely beyond me, but in my project-based Section 8 building in Syracuse, 83% of the 183 tenants have an income below $10,000. 

        If you are one of the poor people who are bringing down the Long Island average, then go apply for Section 8.  If you are one of the $50,000-people then I will personally come out and tell you to go screw yourself.

        A bus driver, who was working full-time and earning $22 an hour with excellent union benefits, owned her own home and owned a property from which she collected rent.  AND SHE THOUGHT SHE SHOULD GET A HEAP SUBSIDY BECAUSE THE COST OF HEATING WAS SO HIGH.

        I was riding with her because I am too sick to work and too poor to own a car, and she thought she shouldn’t have to curtail her trips to the casino.  I am staggered and sickened by the number of selfish Americans who want more from the government just because they want more. 

Government subsidies in housing, heating, food and transportation are for people who are too poor to survive without them, not for people who are flat-out greedy and don’t want to cut back on their spending.  In short, they want their neighbors to pay for their chosen lifestyle.

        I have no idea whether there are any landlords on Long Island who accept Section 8 vouchers.  If you apply for and are approved for Section 8 then the Section 8 office will tell you about that.

About annecwoodlen

I am a tenth generation American, descended from a family that has been working a farm that was deeded to us by William Penn. The country has changed around us but we have held true. I stand in my grandmother’s kitchen, look down the valley to her brother’s farm and see my great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Hannah standing on the porch. She is holding the baby, surrounded by four other children, and saying goodbye to her husband and oldest son who are going off to fight in the Revolutionary War. The war is twenty miles away and her husband will die fighting. We are not the Daughters of the American Revolution; we were its mothers. My father, Milton C. Woodlen, got his doctorate from Temple University in the 1940’s when—in his words—“a doctorate still meant something.” He became an education professor at West Chester State Teachers College, where my mother, Elizabeth Hope Copeland, had graduated. My mother raised four girls and one boy, of which I am the middle child. My parents are deceased and my siblings are estranged. My fiancé, Robert H. Dobrow, was a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps. In 1974, his plane crashed, his parachute did not open, and we buried him in a cemetery on Long Island. I could say a great deal about him, or nothing; there is no middle ground. I have loved other men; Bob was my soul mate. The single greatest determinate of who I am and what my life has been is that I inherited my father’s gene for bipolar disorder, type II. Associated with all bipolar disorders is executive dysfunction, a learning disability that interferes with the ability to sort and organize. Despite an I.Q. of 139, I failed twelve subjects and got expelled from high school and prep school. I attended Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College and got an associate’s degree after twenty-five years. I am nothing if not tenacious. Gifted with intelligence, constrained by disability, and compromised by depression, my employment was limited to entry level jobs. Being female in the 1960’s meant that I did office work—billing at the university library, calling out telegrams at Western Union, and filing papers at a law firm. During one decade, I worked at about a hundred different places as a temporary secretary. I worked for hospitals, banks, manufacturers and others, including the county government. I quit the District Attorney’s Office to manage a gas station; it was more honest work. After Bob’s death, I started taking antidepressants. Following doctor’s orders, I took them every day for twenty-six years. During that time, I attempted%2
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One Response to Answers to More Questions 2

  1. Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time 🙂

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