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My niece in Florida is on SSi, and her 24-year old mentally

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My niece in Florida is on SSi, and her 24-year old mentally disabled daughter is also. Her husband is the "guardian" or representative. He is perfectly able bodied, but he hasn't worked in about 2 years. He is living off of both of their SSI payments, and also is physically abusive. Is their someone at Social Security to report this? My sister, my niece's mother, told me about this last week. I talked to my niece and she has corroborated everything. This is really an emergency.
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Largo, Florida - Pinellas County I think
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No, I tried looking online for a pro-bono lawyer. They have absolutely no money.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Yes, time is of the essence. Her husband never reported to Social Security when they had to get out of their house. They lived with their oldest daughter for a little while. Now they are living with the husband's brother and they have to get out by this Thursday. My niece has no where to go and no money to go either. Husband has not given her any money for over a year even for her medications. She had 4 mini strokes and 1 major stroke about a year and a half ago, and is still suffering from the results. He cooks food for himself, but he doesn't provide my niece with any.

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Your niece and her son are the victims of abuse. You may be able to start the process to get her help by reporting the situation to Adult Protective Services.

You can make the report through the following link:

http://www.pcsoweb.com/operations/child-protection-investigations/abuse-hotline

Also they may be able to get housing assistance and other services through the County Human Services agency. See this link:

http://www.pinellascounty.org/humanservices/

Your niece must be willing to take the steps necessary to help herself. Many people stay in abusive situations because they are afraid to move forward. It is an understandable fear but nevertheless she must overcome it.

As far as legal assistance she is very likely eligible for free assistance through Legal Aid. She can reach legal aid here:

http://www.flcourts.org/resources-and-services/family-courts/family-law-self-help-information/legal-aid.stml

But her primary needs right now are social services to get her into a shelter or halfway house and to get her away from her husband.

See:

https://www.casa-stpete.org/

Also see:

http://agingcarefl.org/aging-and-disability-resource-center-adrc/

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Gerald

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