So I took an action step today and emailed @MayorJerryDyer about getting a motel room for me in north Fresno, CA. I heard back from a city assistant: no motel vouchers. I'm 59, with epilepsy, 3rd yr in car. No drugs, drinking, crimes. -Michaela cc: @Jason_Elliott @SecFudge
2/ The woman from the @CityofFresno emailed me that I could stay in Fresno's shelters, a hell on earth which I've already done, and I will NOT be returning to those unaudited hell holes. -Michaela
3/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria I've epilepsy. 59. Since age 6. Complications from epilepsy. I've ALREADY been in the hospital! I don't have a broken moral compass! I don't need hand holding and told what to do. I need a safe place to live! -Michaela
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4/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria Why doesn't CA provide medically disabled people discharged from hospitals with fast enrollment in an income stabilizing program akin to CA State Disability (when working, leave due to medical condition)? -Michaela
6/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria The majority of homeless people that I've met in Fresno, CA were already hospitalized. No income, no housing, no support services upon discharge. No $, life goes into spiral. -Michaela
7/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria Are you aware that it takes 3, 6, 10, 13, or more yrs to be approved for Social Security disability? Many rejections for most. It's NOT funny to play games with peoples' lives when they are sick! -Michaela
8/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria Most Social Security disability applicants are rejected on the first try. They have to get an attorney and appeal at the federal level, if they even know how. -Michaela
9/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria Our country does not want to stabilize people. If they truly wanted to help, they wouldn't play games with peoples' lives for yrs! People give up. Homeless on sts. Richest nation in world. CA is richest state.-Michaela
10/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria We are then beholden to others, who get to dominate us, demean us, and lecture us. Even abuse us. Because we were sick and the government has a failed system. -Michaela
12/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria I've received countless lectures that I need to "hit bottom", "get help." No, I don't smoke, drink or use drugs. The government has ludicrous policies that put me here. I've epilepsy. -Michaela
13/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria A shocked Englishman tweeted, after learning I had epilepsy and was on yr 3 in my car in Fresno, CA, that's unlawful in England. Medically disabled person immediately put on disability $, housed, support.-Michaela
14/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria Our nation and my state (CA) create chaos by NOT immediately stabilizing sick people on all fronts. Then they complain about homelessness in our sts. If we copied England, that would reduce homelessness. -Michaela
15/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria I know lots of homeless people who want off the sts of Fresno, CA. And there is NO safe place for me to send them. If I recommended usual places, which I've stayed at, I'd burn trust & credibility with them.-Michaela
16/ @SecFudge @Jason_Elliott @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria So I'm honest with homeless folks about just how bad the shelters, their management, and their staff are at those places. No audits. No medical best practices. I keep st folks' trust. -Michaela
17/ @Jason_Elliott Where is a motel voucher for me in a nice part of Fresno, like @ExtendedStay ? How about assistance for my fellow epileptics? Thx, Michaela cc: @SecFudge @MayorJerryDyer @Esmeralda_Soria

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