Unable to work because she’s hobbled by lupus and arthritis, Robin Gentry suffered silently in South Philadelphia, living on a Social Security disability check that never seemed to stretch 31 days.
Gentry, 59, is separated and lives with two of her five adult children. Gentrification in her up-and-coming neighborhood is causing the taxes on the house she and her husband bought years ago to skyrocket. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has affected her children’s ability to stay employed.
“It was a struggle,” she said.
Then came what she called a “miracle” in the mail.
A letter from out of the blue informed Gentry, who worked on a clean-up crew at Lincoln Financial Field before illness struck, that she might be eligible for public benefits. A