Funding cuts have Hempstead mom fighting to stay with her disabled sonPosted: Updated:
Government funding cuts may soon force a Nassau County mom and her disabled son out of their home.
Christina Levings and her 20-year-old son Victor are able to live in their Hempstead apartment thanks to the South Shore Association for Independent Living.
Last month, Levings received a letter saying that the Department of Housing and Urban Development was defunding the program and she had to move out by Dec. 31.
Victor was born with multiple chromosome disorders and can't speak or walk. He also uses a breathing machine, is on multiple medications and has seizures. Levings says that she was told he may not live past six months.
She says because her son is an adult, she was told they would have to get separate housing.
"I'm not going to allow that to happen," Levings said. "I did that before and I won't, I won't allow that. I want to be with him. I want him to be with me. This is not his fault."
Levings say she moved to Long Island because doctors were able to give her son the medical care he needs. She says she wants to be stay together in the area, so he can continue getting that care.
News 12 spoke with representatives from the Independent Living program and HUD. Both say they are working to find housing for all those affected by funding cuts and, whenever possible, to keep families together.
"I would just like to get somewhere with my son and be comfortable and not have to worry about where I'm going to sleep," Levings says. "In a couple of months, where's he going to be?"
Levings says she set up a fundraising page to raise money for another place.
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