Lowell Sun’s Third Article in Homeless Series..Plight of homeless: One paycheck isn’t enough

In the 10/25/09 edition of the Lowell Sun, reporter Rita Savard has written another outstanding article with regard to family homelessness. Kudos to the Lowell Sun for continuing to bring this discussion out into the open.

The money rattling around in Jasmine’s pocket is all she had left from her last paycheck. She’s lucky to pull out a couple of quarters. Usually it’s pennies and lint.Friday is payday, but the paycheck only reminds her of how little she earns. “I work full-time hours for part-time pay,” said the mother of two. “But right now, I’m thankful that I have a job.”

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Jasmine cleans houses. She earns less than $300 a week.

With a 2-year-old boy, and 4-year-old daughter to support, she’s hard-pressed to afford a place on her own.

Jasmine is among the 16 families temporarily living in Transitions at Devens, one of the many shelters in Massachusetts housing the state’s 3,000 homeless families.

Since she lost her job of eight years last October, Jasmine’s family has moved through three shelters, including a motel.

read more at http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_13643144

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