Kitia Harris, a 25 year-old with an eight year-old daughter, suffers from interstitial cystitis, a chronic medical condition that makes her unable to work. Her driver’s license was automatically suspended because she owed $276 for unpaid court fines and fees. She has not worked since 2015. Harris receives disability benefits totaling $1,218 per month ($938 for herself and $280 for her daughter). She pays $600 in rent for her apartment. Her condition requires her to make regular medical appointments – about 10 every 14 days. The bus system is inadequate, and is difficult for her to use because she cannot stand for long. Ms. Harris pays people to give her a ride and is forced to reschedule appointments when people are unavailable to give her a ride.
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