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Letter: The place is assist for folks with disabilities?

I am making an attempt to get the story on the market to assist sick folks.

Asheville is spending $73,000 on a research to assist homeless folks as an alternative of spending the cash to assist folks. They need to sue HCA as an alternative of the feds. The feds have not been implementing the antitrust legal guidelines. That is why we’ve got one energy firm and one hospital. They waste cash as an alternative of constructing sidewalks on each state and metropolis street.

I referred to as once more and tried to get Medicaid, they usually nonetheless say I make an excessive amount of cash. I make $22,000 a yr. My meds value $7,500. My home fee is $1,159 a month. That leaves me $11,000 a yr left to stay on.

I’ve filed ADA legal guidelines complaints in opposition to the NC Division of Transportation for not constructing sidewalks on each state street. I’ve filed ADA legal guidelines and bar affiliation complaints in opposition to the NC Legal professional Basic’s workplace and Josh Stein for not following ADA legal guidelines. I’ve filed ADA legal guidelines complaints in opposition to North Carolina, Buncombe County and the town of Asheville for not following ADA legal guidelines. Not serving to folks with disabilities.

I’ve an electronic mail from the mayor of Asheville making an attempt to lie and make excuses about why they can not repair and construct new sidewalks for folks with wheelchairs to get down the street.

I spent virtually 21 years working for NC DOT’s Division 13, Buncombe Upkeep, earlier than I obtained sick, and they’re speculated to have short-term and long-term incapacity, however they do not. Whenever you get Social Safety Administration incapacity and get your verify, they make you pay again any cash they paid you. The extra you get from SSA, the much less the state pays workers in the event that they get sick.

Buncombe County provided folks with disabilities $300 to repair a home up. That is BS I paid $20,000 for a brand new HVAC alone to repair my home. They offer you a reduction on property tax, however they need you to get one other physician’s examination to get it. They will not take a federal incapacity letter as proof you’re disabled. I am sick and bored with these crooks getting away with treating previous and sick folks like filth.

—Gary Simpson

Editor’s be aware: xpress reached out to metropolis and county officers with the letter author’s factors. We acquired the next response from Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer: “The town is retrofitting older sidewalks to incorporate upgraded ADA curb ramps and constructing new sidewalks to incorporate ramps. The town’s new greenways, street repaving initiatives and different routine sidewalk upkeep incorporate ADA curb ramps as nicely. The NCDOT additionally constructs and improves curb ramps on state-maintained roadways inside the metropolis. And personal growth initiatives are sometimes required to assemble or improve curb ramps when developing new buildings.

“Moreover, on Oct. 25, Asheville Metropolis Council adopted an People with Disabilities Act Transition Plan that supplied a top level view of the required enhancements to curb ramps all through the town. The town will start implementing the plan this yr and is scheduled to spend roughly $3.8 million on ADA enhancements to current sidewalks via initiatives already budgeted. Extra details about the plan will be discovered right here: [].”

We acquired the next response from Buncombe County spokesperson Kassi Day, which mentioned partially: “[The Homeowner Grant Program] isn’t geared toward folks with disabilities particularly, however as an alternative provides as much as $300 to owners who meet the residence and earnings necessities in unincorporated Buncombe County and as much as $500 within the metropolis of Asheville and Woodfin. These {dollars} will be put towards your property tax invoice or different housing prices like a mortgage fee or home-owner’s insurance coverage.

“In relation to tax-relief applications, we’ve got heard that this could generally be complicated and totally different from some social safety applications; nonetheless, our evaluation workplace is sure by NC Basic Statutes to manage these applications in the best way the state has set forth. It’s true that property tax exclusion and the circuit breaker program require a doctor’s certification of incapacity to be crammed out for the state of North Carolina.

“Well being & Human Companies provides a wide range of applications to assist our residents, and your reader ought to definitely attain out to our name middle at 828-250-5500 to see what help they is likely to be eligible for. Moreover, the Board of Commissioners has dedicated to dedicating inexpensive housing funds to our group companions like Mountain Housing Alternatives and Asheville Space Habitat for Humanity to assist income-eligible owners with emergency housing repairs. Your reader can be taught extra about these applications right here: [].”

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