I'm a Totally Permanently Disabled Person with SSDI/SSI/HUD Housing Choice vouchered subsidy to find and rent accessible housing. I need 4 Reasonable Accommodations to live comfortably at home, with PCAssistants coming nearly daily or even a live-in would be better care, HUD said I can get a 3d bedroom IF I get a live-in. My HCVoucher is "portable anywhere in the US" but really only IF a) they take HUD vouchers, fewer and fewer landlords do, and b) it is written by landlord to be "in good standing". I rented a year in a VT 2-bedroom because it was somewhat-accessible (wooden ramp made for manual wc and I have a long power wc), and a "no smoking no grills" lease for a year taking HUD vouchers. I snapped it up quickly, then started negotiating my Reasonable Accommodations (RA's) like I have about 4 times before successfully, two or 3 x unsuccessfully (it's how u word it tricky to not let them just deny your lease offer at the start.) I have no family and could not supplement my SSDI income (tiny) til 2014 DoEdu allows me to, I'll need Voc Rehab and AT to do work anywhere other than home. So my very Reasonable RA's were to extend the no smoking policy 25' out from my unit so as to include/protect the long wf-ramp, and to extend and smooth the concrete path to the parking lot (which gave me an inaccessible normal car parking spot, so I had to negotiate a wchair lift-van loading spot be marked somewhere at end of newly paved (shovellable) path to it and parking lot - which everyone could walk on, it is a 6 unit building in VT. Landlord promised all but gave NONE of my med essential RA's. Killed one of 2 service dogs and their Res. PM's harassed me all year while NOT stopping smoke, grills, harassment, dog feces/urine(they both have pet dogs "afraid of" my big essential mobility assistant.)
We do have 'repair/deduct" and so I asked my Housing Authority to stop paying him full rent as of 12/1 when he was letting his three resident PM's smoke and grill constantly, and not moving them back 25' or more in the huge yard, they also vandalized my bird feeders and PCAssistants from being in the yard anywhere, and harassed and threatened my Service Dogs (2 on lease). One was then killed by they put poison out on the strip of yard attached to my unshelled ramp - the 3 smoker grillers were responsible for all snow removal from paths, but ignored my ramps except to throw or dump their dogs' excrement on and around them. In the spring thaw, the snow left piled on and blocking the ramp all winter flooded the poison and she got kidney failure. HA tho refused to use "repair/Deduct"…said I needed a lawyer and an escrow account - which Tenants assoc said no you don't need. He filed eviction for no cause effective 6/1 lease up, and has not paid back any of the receipted damages or costs of my trying unsuccessfully to repair the snow covered entrapment with smoke, mold, and poisons, all noted allergens on my med docs. Since HA pays 3/4 and I pay only 1/4, I cd not afford to buy enuf shovellers or equipment to stop the barriers or walk my service dog out or stop friend from falling on slippery ramp - if i did I wd die. Yet he just waited til eviction for no cause kept my voucher in "unportable" state - he wd rather evict and take it from me than cooperate w/ a TPD person's RA's. He fired the guy who rented to me and condones the RPM's harassing me, no reply to my many grievances. He owns multi properties all rentals, does not live in the building. HA's s won't take a voucher out of gd standing, so that and financial damages mean I CAN't move yet, til we go to court?? He knew this and threatened it in early days. Is that slander of a formerly good voucher holder?? he wd not sign anything that said he wd release me from all liability and give deposit back - without that I could not leave early either. Now it's late - early July - what should I do, keep deducting the prior receipted thousands? My tiny share/month is not enough to worry him, perhaps just enuf to say I'm not paying (full) rent? HA keeps paying him w/o helping me survive at all the documented (lots of pix emails) attacks.
I have to answer in court now, she I let my answer reflect other counter claims v. local denials of health care (home/Community based services, and treatment of my failing health all denied by the community that I could never go see/get to know all year - is it powerful him?? Ive claimed retaliation (for asking for RA's) and Discrimination, she I include the prejudiced city/state fire chiefs and legal aid too? How do I fight this eviction correctly? And perhaps include last landlord before this one, had only 7 months because was not accepting HCVoucher after saying they would, and would give all RA's. LL lied, either ignored or ruined HCVoucher?? It did port in ok. LTC workers came in and attacked, clear threats to leave - so I fled, w/ only 2 SD's and now regret losing everything-- cannot do that again. need PCA help to move anywhere, AND a voucher in good standing?? Thought I was ready to try first time home buyers' help, but not if cannot rent elsewhere, and prevent jerks lk this from winning my all?? Thanks!!
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