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Tanya M. Manchester, NH

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I’m 42 years old with six children and four grandkids.

I am raising one as a single mother in low-income housing. I have been homeless with my son before getting into low-income housing because I couldn’t afford an apartment.

I worked since I was 14 years old until I was 35. I became disabled in 2008. Although I wanted to continue working, I was unable to do so because of arthritis in my hands, knees, feet and a back surgery I had.

I still struggle to live on an $800 monthly pay check I receive because I have to pay my own Medicare. If wages were higher when I worked, I would be receiving higher earned benefits. I worry that if my Social Security Disability Insurance monthly check is reduced, that would mean that my son and I wouldn’t be able to eat because I don’t get State assistance.