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Spokane woman feels like prisoner in home, desperate for wheelchair ramp

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A local mother said she feels like a prisoner in her home. She's wheelchair bound and just moved into a property with no ramp. She said she doesn't qualify for the programs out there that could assist with putting one in. With nowhere else to turn, she said "Help Me Hayley."
 
"Mainly I move around by scooting," said April Belnap. "I have Spina bifida. I do not walk at all."  
 
April has overcome obstacles her entire life, but this one is just too much.
 
"My husband works during the day," she said. "He can't help me when I have doctor's appointments. I just kind of feel helpless."
 
April's family recently fell on some hard times. They were utilizing traditional housing when an apartment came up. Despite it not being handicap accessible, they took it. April told Hayley anything beats the fear of winding up on the streets.
 
"We were running out of time," she said. "We had to take an apartment that wasn't wheelchair accessible."
 
April is grateful for the place but said she feels like a prisoner in her own home.
 
"I feel trapped," she said. "I don't know who else to turn to. I thought why not Hayley?"
 
The property owner is okay with the addition of a ramp, but April simply doesn't have the funds this holiday season to put one in.
 
"I really need help," she said. "I don't know what to do."
 
Shortly after Hayley alerted everyone to April's situation on her "Help Me Hayley" Facebook page, there were multiple offers to help with a ramp. We'll keep you posted on that progress.

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