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Juma Hamisi Manchester, NH

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I’m Juma Hamisi and I am 55 years old. I live with my wife and five sons in Manchester, New Hampshire. I used to work at the Laundromat, but in 2013, my left arm was in so much pain and I found it hard to continue working at the Laundromat. I changed jobs and started working in a factory, but the pain in my arm did not go away. Instead, it worsened, and I had to go to the doctor’s and have a diagnosis. I found out that I was unfit to work because of the pain in my arm. With no income, I applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). I have been on Social Security Disability Insurance since 2014, and I get a $550 paycheck. My wife, who has a back injury, also collects SSDI of $550. Together we are able to use our combined $1,100 paycheck to pay our rent which is $800 a month, electricity and gas bills. We are lucky to have Medicare and food stamps. With the $1,100 pay check, I still struggle to pay for day to day necessities like clothes, soap, and toothpaste. Any cuts in SSDI could make it even more difficult for me to pay my rent. I worry that I could end up homeless.