Lex-Care: Victimized and ill renters need help

Two Lex-Care cases are requesting assistance to pay rent.

The first is from Jennifer Newton, a case manager at the Senior Citizens Center. Her client is a single man who is a retired college professor. He needs $675 to pay his rent.

The man was a victim of fraud, and his Social Security and pension checks were stolen and his bank account was wiped out.

Reports were made to the police department and Better Business Bureau, and an identity theft claim was made. To date, no money has been recovered. He has changed his bank account profile and filed all the needed reports to keep this from happening again.

His landlord is aware of the situation, so no eviction notice will be served. Once the past-due rent is paid, the man will be able to manage on his regular income.

Julie Kluesner is a case manager at Hospice of the Bluegrass. She is helping the family of a patient with end-stage dementia. The patient needs $750 to pay past-due rent.

Because of the stress on the household budget, Hospice applied for SNAP benefits, which have been approved. However, that benefit, combined with the patient's income from Social Security, is not enough to pay the past-due rent.

Once the past-due rent is paid, the family will be able to provide a safe and comfortable place for the patient to live out the rest of her life peacefully.

You can help: Lex-Care Inc., P.O. Box 1328, Lexington, Ky. 40588. Contact Lex-Care at (859) 699-9859 or