Some important information about Southwest Florida Goodwill Housing.
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#1 Oct 29, 2012
Southwest Florida Goodwill Housing is, as I am sure a lot of people know, a subsidized housing program for people with disabilities who want to live independently in the community. They operate about a dozen or so apartment complexes throughout Lee and Charlotte Counties in Southwest Florida. However, I have some very highly important information that everyone must read!
Goodwill's apartments are exclusively for people with disabilities. Apparently for them, "physical disabilities" appears to be a huge umbrella for a wide range of disabilities, including but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, epilepsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, EMH, TMH, Alzheimer's, polio, and anything else that fits under the umbrella. There is also a maximum limit on how much money a tenant can make before one becomes ineligible.
It is said that each tenant pays a third of his/her monthly income in rent. But I tell you that each individual apartment complex has what is called a utility allowance. A utility allowance is a certain amount one can allocate for paying especially the electric bill, and that amount is taken off the monthly rent bill. For instance, if one rents an apartment for, say,$200 per month, and the complex has a $60 per month utility allowance, that allowance means $60 taken off the rent bill, leaving the tenant with a $140 rent bill.
It is said that the waiting list for Goodwill's apartments can be up to 2 years long. But I tell you that the waiting list, just like any other waiting list, easily varies, and in fact, depending on which apartment complex or complexes you signed up for and the turnover rates for those complexes (including instances when several people might move out or what not), the waiting period can range from as short as 18 months to as long as 4 years. Therefore, I highly recommend getting ready for the move absolutely no later than your 15th month on the waiting list. Additionally, you must contact them every 6 months or less, otherwise you will be removed from the list (I highly recommend contacting them quarterly, every 3 months, so you don't forget).
#2 Oct 29, 2012
Who lives in what state.
You might have seen that Goodwill's apartments are available for people with a valid Florida identification. But I tell you that Goodwill Housing does take people from out of state. If you do not live in Florida, there are quite a few things you must know. First of all, when moving to another state, if you receive Medicaid, you must first close out your Medicaid in the state you are coming from and re apply for Medicaid in the state you are moving to. Medicare is Federal, so no need to do anything with that. Secondly, in Florida, Medicaid comes in 2 parts. The first part is for your fees for when you visit the doctor, dentist, psychiatrist, get your medications, and what not. That part usually takes about 30-60 days (90 max) to kick in after you apply. The second part of Florida's Medicaid is the part that provides your actual services such as respite care, respite service, special transportation, case management, physical therapy, and what not, and the second part of Florida's Medicaid has a Massive waiting list of roughly 19,000 people, resulting in an average waiting period of roughly 5 to 7 years. Some people have even waited as long as 10 years for their services to kick in!
When an apartment becomes available.
You might have been told that, if you turn down 2 apartments, you will be removed from the waiting list. But I tell you, Do NOT turn down even the FIRST apartment that becomes available! That shows a lack of interest and practically guarantees about a 90 percent chance that you will be removed from the waiting list, even months down the road! Therefore, if you are moving here from another state, I implore you. No later than your 15th month on the waiting list, please look up doctors and psychiatrists in whatever metro area you plan on living in! You may also have read that, as you move higher on the waiting list, you will be contacted to go for an interview meeting. But I tell you that you can just as easily be contacted with an apartment ready right on the spot. No warning, no hints, nothing. That is correct, an available apartment is very highly capable of coming up on you like a thief in the night! Therefore, I implore you to begin preparations by absolutely no later than 15 months into the waiting period! And that means having your moving company, truck rental, or whatever you plan to use to move your stuff ready, and if you are moving out of state, your new psychiatrist and what not. The cost of moving can easily vary depending on where you are coming from, so depending on where you live, you may have to begin saving as early as before putting yourself on the waiting list, especially if you live in a far away state such as Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Maine, Idaho, Colorado, or even California.
#3 Apr 28, 2013
Michael Crawford from Cicero,Illinois had a letter intercepted and destroyed by Cicero mailman. It was from GWI Housing. Michael has autism.
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