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What government assistance am I entitled to?
First of all I would like to say that I am not one that would normally rely on social welfare or government assistance. But, I have found myself in a very difficult situation.
I married an UK citizen approximately 3 years ago. I met him in Iraq while I was deployed with the US Army Reserves. He told me that he was going to take care of me and I thought we would live this fairy tale life together. We bought a house in Houston, Texas, had a child and I did not have to work. He never applied for residency since he worked in Iraq 80% of the year. Now he has decided that this wasn't the life for him and has vanished.
There is no way to get child support from him since he is not a resident and there is no way to locate him. He is in another country! We had separate checking accounts and I do not have access to any of his money. I cant sell the house because it is financed in his name and both of our names are on the deed. I have been actively looking for a job for the last 3 months. I have exhausted all the money I have in my account and have even gone as far as selling my wedding ring, guns and household furniture just to make my bills.
Since I can not find employment that will pay enough to cover the cost of childcare, I thought about going back to school. I will qualify for Pell grant and can get Student loans. I also have my Montgomery GI Bill benefits from my service with the Army. I am afraid that the I will get from all that will still not be enough to sustain me and my son. I know about Medicaid, WIC & Food stamps. I am just wondering if there is any other government assistance that could help me with housing and my bills since my house is about to get foreclosed upon. I wouldn't mind some help with paying for school and a divorce.
Normally I would not even think about getting government benefits and would try to rely upon my own efforts. I have no family that is able to assist me and seem to be having a hard time finding a job.
I just want to know if anyone has any suggestions for me!