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Massachusetts Housing Forces Family Of 7 With 2 Special Needs Children To Live In Squalor And Over 100 Miles Away From Their Specialist After Their Father Lost His Job Due To Illness And Needed Temporary Housing.
How insane that a working man who fell on hard times due to an illness he could not prevent has to suffer in a run down mice infested building that looks abandoned in Holyoke? The living conditions were so awful, he chose to take his family and live in a borrowed 300 sq ft. trailer. THREE HUNDRED SQUARE FEET for a family of SEVEN. That is how bad and dirty the shelter was, he decided a tiny space would be a better option.
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HAVERHILL, Mass. – The 27-foot long camper is far from their idea of a dream home.
Inside, seven people are squeezed into the 300-square foot area.
“It’s tight, but we make it work the best we can,” said father Nathan Johnson.
Nathan and his wife Anne said the small space is far better than the shelter assigned to them by a state agency.
“When we finally broke down and said we needed the help, and asked, we got treated, like, worthless,” said Nathan.
Nathan and Anne lived in Haverhill with their five children. Last year, Nathan had health issues, which forced him to go on disability from his job as a garbage man.
The bills piled up, and soon they were evicted with their apartment. They lived in local hotels for a few months, trying to maintain normalcy for their children. Then the money ran out.
“They need support and shelter and I feel like that’s the main thing that I’m supposed to give them, and I’ve failed,” said Anne.
A feeling of failure is tough for any parent, but was made it even tougher was their two youngest sons. One has developmental disabilities, the other cerebral palsy. Anne said they needed to stay in Haverhill for continuity with their therapy and school.
“It’s all here, and without that, they have nothing,” she said.
Anne applied for temporary emergency shelter at the Department of Housing and Community Development in Boston, with a letter from her son’s developmental specialist, saying, “it is in his best interests to have a safe home.”
Instead, the state assigned them to an apartment in Holyoke, 111 miles away.
“They said there was no room for us anywhere else,” said Nathan.
When they arrived at the shelter in Holyoke, it wasn’t what the family was expecting.
“We got down there, cars up on blocks, really rough neighborhood,” said Nathan.
The kind of place, Nathan said, where he worried if what he heard was fireworks or gunshots. It was not where he wanted to raise his children.
“I didn’t feel safe with my kids there at all,” he said.
Inside, Anne said she found feces, signs of mice infestation and doors that didn’t lock. They were there for nine days until Nathan said someone broke into his daughter’s bedroom.
“It was not healthy, it wasn’t safe,” said Nathan.
That brought them to the cramped trailer in Haverhill, borrowed from a friend. They don’t know what they’ll do next. But for now, they’re together, and Nathan said that’s all that matters.
“We need to stay up here, I need to keep my family together,” said Nathan.
The state decides moving this family 111 miles away from their children’s schools and their two special needs children’s physical therapist was a great idea. Yet, in the hood, a ratchet mother can get first dibs in the projects if her family lives there!
Look at how great the shelter was:
Hmmm… I would love to live in a home that has a piece of wood from Lowe’s covering the window. What a safe way to live. This isn’t too bad compared to the inside of the place:
What in the world…………..? This is definitely from a movie or something. One of those films where people are tortured until they die a slow death. The, “I’m going to sew your eyelids open and feed you sleeping pills” kind of torture.
This family struggling to make ends meet because of an illness he could not prevent are forced to live in a 300 sqft borrowed trailer, but we give EBT to every open hand that takes a trip down to the good old free money office. Why is that okay?
Because………Massachusetts! The state where people who never worked a day in their life could get foodstamps, WIC, cash assistance, and section 8 without ever having to leave their house, well, besides living the zombie life in pajamas and waiting on the welfare line with the rest of the people who are allergic to work boots and a morning alarm clock. If you get there early enough, you could sit outside before the doors open and smoke Newports while you listen to stories about the hard life… (rolls eyes). You can play “I-Spy” and reward yourself with a treat (crack rock, brand new meth pipe, ect) if you can spot what’s on this list:
- Flat brimmed bulls hat
- A guy wearing Jorts with a Bandanna hanging from the back pocket
- A huge bonus if that bandanna is red or blue, because gangs, yo
- A heavyset woman wearing a baby tank tap
- Anyone with more than 4 missing teeth
- A woman who is dressed fresh to death but her children look dirty
- Someone wearing a Rolex
- A woman wearing an expensive Coach purse
- A person who smells like urine and broken dreams
- Pants that expose worn out boxers or ass crack (Just don’t pull a Dianne Williamson)
The list can go on and on!! Those are the types of people who get free or low cost housing. They sit around and wait with their hands out, begging. I don’t give people anything, want to know why? Because when you give someone a hand, they take your arm. I have no respect for beggars or free loaders.
Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any prizes you have earned during this game of “I-Spy” Freeloaders. I don’t normally carry crack or meth on me, at least not on days ending in Y.
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