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Im in a homeless shelter with my 2 maternal grand children

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Im in a homeless shelter with my 2 maternal grand children and am being striped of my rights as a person! They control everything from doctors appointments down to holding my medication counting the amount every night is there anything I can do to regain my freedom? they call my Dr's with out asking the only help they give me is a news paper and I have to fill out 3 housing papers and they must contain 60 rentals a week they are more into my business then helping me find permanent housing I have chrones and colitis my immune is affected by crohns disease they my SSI 688.00 on top of what the state pays for us the amount is 7890.00 per month and ask why America has such a large deficit! I feel like because Im homeless they are taking away my freedom to top it off I have always kept all meds in a safe for child safety! any help? I would be grateful for!

thank you
Margaret xxxxx
Long Island NY

Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

They do not have a right to get information from your doctors without you signing a written HIPAA release document, so if your doctors are giving them information, your doctors are in violation of HIPAA. You need to tell your doctors in writing they are not to give any information to the shelter if they call.

Legally, I am sorry to say that if you are residing in the shelter, you are bound by their terms, rules and conditions because you have no legal civil right to live in their shelter and the shelter is private property that is opened to provide a service and you have to abide by their terms and rules while staying there.

The only thing you can do to regain your freedom is look for another shelter that does not have so many restrictive rules, since this shelter's rules from what you are describing are more restrictive than many of the shelters I have heard about.

I am sorry to hear you are going through this, but legally these are the only options available to you sadly.

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