Update as of June 1st, 2012. I am currently unemployed and my only source of income is collecting "bottles & cans" for the five cent deposit from the side of the roads and through donations from local people here that see my signs on my tricycle and trailer setup. I am waiting on a reply or a hearing for S.S. I. and if I get it. I have two dogs I love dearly and they are part of my little family, since I live alone. I try my local FreeCycle when I can, before I am forced to buy if I have the funds. I do rent but it is paid via housing here.
UPDATE: SSI HEARING HAS BEEN SET IN MARCH 2013.