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A Delicate Financial Balance

Charlotte is a 22-year-old woman with low IQ scores and autism spectrum disorder. When her father passed away about a year ago, she moved to Philadelphia with her mother and sister, who has borderline personality disorder and recently experienced a significant psychiatric episode. Charlotte’s monthly Social Security Disability payments of $1,025 plus SNAP benefits of $501 provide support for the entire household. Her mother earns only $150/month doing house cleaning. In March, the family was advised that the Social Security Administration would be reviewing Charlotte’s case and putting her check on hold. FHBS paid April’s rent, $850, to keep the family current pending resolution of the review.

Written by Eileen S. Sklaroff