Here is the letter I just sent to friends and relatives.
If you are local I will have durable goods to give away that might be useful to GW-type folks. Also lots of books.
Prayers for my safety and well-being most gratefully received.
I am writing because you may be able to help me find ----
--- Job leads and/or training
In July 2022, I will become homeless when my savings run out. My social security stipend of $12,000/year only covers half of my living expenses. I have been paying for rent from savings. Only when quite destitute (less than $3000 in savings) am I allowed – under North Carolina state laws – to apply for SNAP food aid and to enroll in the Medicaid program.
Job leads and/or training
Get a job, you say? I did try. As for many others, the 2008 crash wiped out my retirement fund and destroyed my livelihood. As a data technician and technical writer, I was paid from university grants or Federal contracts. Both dried up after the crash.
As a non-driver, for me to get to on-site temp jobs has been nearly impossible.
Jobs in fast-food service and big-box retail are also mostly inaccessible.
Now remote tech writer jobs are being offered.
Catch-22: these jobs require 24-hour Internet access that I cannot afford until I have a job.
If you know of anyone who might employ me as a data steward, technical writer, creative writing editor, or any other work I can fulfill without a driver’s license, please let me know.
Part-time or intermittent contract work is just fine. One-offs are welcome, too.
If you know of an inexpensive refresher course for popular commercial office suites, please recommend it.
I moved to free Open Source software many years ago.
For government-sponsored ‘affordable housing’ units, there is a two-year waiting time.
People are only allowed to stay in the Durham homeless shelter for two or three months.
Once I become eligible for Medicaid and SNAP, these benefits should allow me to pay up to half of my monthly SS stipend, up to $600, for rent and utilities.
–-If you know anyone who has living space to rent (in-home lodger, elder companion, roommate, trailer), please let me know ASAP.
–-If you know of anyone else seeking housing, perhaps I could join forces with them.
One hopeful thing: while unemployed, I have written and published 10 short stories in magazines such as New Maps and Into the Ruins. I’ve finished a four-volume fantasy novel titled Rogue Star and am now seeking a publisher.
–-If you know an editor of a publishing firm who can help place Rogue Star in the e-book-to-Print-on-Demand pipeline, please put us in contact with one another.
–-If you know how to set up a direct-to-reader subscription sales platform, please share a bit of your expertise.
–-If you wish to contribute to my moving expenses / 2-yr. storage fund, I will send a thank-you gift of my short fiction and poetry: a PDF file of 4 stories and 24 poems.
I’m happy to answer any questions.
Thank you and very best wishes.