Lex-Care gets requests for help with debts

Last week two cases were received at the Lex-Care office requesting assistance:

The first case came from Danielle Gilchrist, a case manager at Community Action. Her client is a widow who needs $250 to pay past-due utility bills.

Over the holidays she visited her sister out of town. While there she developed a severe upper respiratory infection and was admitted to the intensive care unit at the hospital there. Her extended stay and health care costs caused her to fall behind on her bills. Once the bills are taken care of she will be able to cover her living expenses from her Social Security disability benefits.

Housing authority debt from years ago hinders move

Scott Kelly, a counselor at Adult and Tenant Services, is working with a single woman who needs $570 to clear a debt with the Lexington Housing Authority.

The woman worked until she had a stroke in 2009. Because she can no longer work, she applied for and receives Social Security disability benefits and lives on that income. She applied for Section 8 housing and found that there was a debt to the Housing Authority from 30 years ago of $570, of which she was completely unaware. She has found a Section 8-approved apartment that she can move into if the debt is cleared. Because she lives on a limited income she does not have the necessary funds to make that payment. She will be able to maintain her lifestyle, which includes providing transportation to other family members, when that debt is paid.

You can help: Send tax- deductible contributions to Lex-Care Inc. Emergency Fund, P.O. Box 1328, Lexington, Ky. 40508. Contact Lex-Care at (859) 227-2765 or