There must be much more to the story because with her not working she should qualify for Medicaid and the rent should be subsidized by Section 8. To reach $4,000 consider:
"(2) For the public housing program and the section 8 moderate rehabilitation, and certificate or voucher programs, the PHA may establish a minimum rent of up to $50. (3) For other section 8 programs, the minimum rent is $25. (v) Other circumstances determined by the responsible entity or HUD.
We should all say a prayer for Ms. Saul for a possible recovery and realize that the news is not giving us the whole story.