Today as I did my weekly jaunt into the city I came across a family. This family was well put together. Dad works 4am to 6pm, mom works nights from 10pm to 12am, they have a SUV, 2 kids 11 and 13 and THEY ARE HOMELESS!!!!
They city has closed the shelters for the warm months. What happen is dad owes back child support and sadly the husband pays 60% of his income to child support 30% for normal support and 30% for back child support. Wife got sick and lost her full time job but has her part time job. They were evicted from their apartment because they couldn't pay rent. Husband was driving over an hour to and from work an with gas prices the way they are one thing after another they are now homeless. Reason for her husband having back support is he lost his job and couldn't find another one for 22 months.
It really struck a cord with me on how her husband is paying support like my husband made me think how we could be in their shoes if one thing went wrong. My husband was unemployed for 18 months and now has to pay 60% of his income till the back support is paid up. Thankfully were half way to getting caught up.
While I was chatting with the mom she said every day they fear some one is going to call CPS on them. Their kids are 11 and 13 in middle school and the school works with them to make sure the kids are showered every other day and get a free lunch. I assured the mother that she and her husband are doing the best they can and wished her luck. I gave her the last of my money in my pocket, gave her all the water I pass out to the homeless and gave her extra sandwiches.
So ladies if you all ended up like this family what would you do. An yes, once a week I take a case of water and sandwitches to the city for the homeless its my way of paying it forward so if the day our family would fall I'd hope some one would be kind to us.
How would you all handle being homeless with kids? Should kids be taken for familys that fall on hard times? Should these parents be able to get help?