Happy Saturday, friends! For those of you who haven’t yet gotten the news: I’m moving into my new apartment today.
Once things are starting to look home-like inside I’ll post some more interior pictures; in the meantime, here are a few of the unadorned space & environs, along with a big thank all of you who’ve been so encouraging here, on other online venues & in 3-D life! This has been a major adventure, with a number of highs & lows—as adventures are wont to have—& all the support I’ve received from folks in both the cyber & 3-D realms has meant a lot to me.
Given the strain on resources & the social service funding cuts here in the States, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found housing I can afford in a span of less than four months. Section 8, which allows low income/fixed income renters to get assistance with qualified units on the open market, is closed in Portland & many US cities due to funding cuts; that was a strike against me, because two rental possibilities came up early on that would have worked had Section 8 been available to me. A number of units also are available—theoretically, at least—where the rent is 30% of the person/family’s income. These are designated, of course, for low income people, including seniors & the disabled (I am in low income bracket, & also disabled; & by some definitions also a “senior,” since some properties class anyone 55 & up in that category.) This was the type of housing I wanted most to obtain, since it would have been the most affordable; unfortunately, the waiting lists for most of those units are closed in Portland (& other US cities), due to high demand. When the waiting lists are open, the wait time is typically years, not months.
My new place is for low income residents, tho within the complex itself there is some range in income—units vary in their cost depending on where the person or family’s income falls in relation to the median area income. I was extremely fortunate that one of the lowest priced units was available when my turn on the waiting list came up. Tho things will be tight, it is a rent that I can sustain with a very “no frills” lifestyle.
The complex has a lot going for it—everything’s on the “ground floor,” including the laundry facilities. This is important to me, because with COPD, stairs are not my friend! The apartment itself is very trim & well maintained, & the grounds seem pleasant & well kept (even in the Portland November rain.) I also like the fact that the complex has a mixed population—families & younger people, as well as banged-up old codgers like me!
One practical note in terms of the blog: I wasn’t able to schedule the wireless hook-up until Monday morning. As of this time I don’t anticipate any off-days; I’m expecting that I’ll be able to get the Photo of the Week & Monday Morning Blues features scheduled ahead of time. However, I may not be able to moderate comments using my phone, which will be the only ‘net access I have between Friday evening & Monday morning.
Thanks again, & hope you enjoy your weekend!