Mom And Woman Beating Ex-Con Dad Kicked Out Of Shelter With 5 Kids For Fighting, Refuse To Get Jobs, Collect Food Stamps And SSI, Whine About Living In Van
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Is the mainstream media trolling us, or do they genuinely want us to feel bad for gutterslug failures? That’s a genuine question I have after reading this awful attempt at a feel good article in the Seacoast Online:
Jonathan and Stacey Leonard have been living in a van with their five kids as they search for housing that will accept them. The cramped arrangement hasn’t been easy for the family of seven, whose children range in age from 1 to 7. In addition to being reluctant dwellers in their 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, they’ve lived on and off in a variety of homeless situations in recent years, including tenting in Stratham, living week-to-week in motels in Hampton and Rye, and staying in shelters on the Seacoast and in Manchester.
First of all, the kids should immediately be taken away from them and placed in foster care. No child should call a van their home. If you can’t figure out how to provide food and shelter for you family then you don’t get to have a family. Once you figure out how to adult you can have your kids back.
“This is why people have mental breakdowns,” says Stacey, 32, an Allenstown native. “I don’t know where I’m supposed to go. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.”
You’re supposed to be an adult and take care of your family. Pretty simple. Either that or use the free birth control that you can pick up from any Planned Parenthood anywhere so you don’t find yourself in situations like this.
Every school day, Jonathan and Stacey make the drive from their parking spot to the bus stop right outside their old apartment on New York Street in Dover. At the time this article was written, their parking spot fluctuated between Rochester and Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth. They say they do it so their children can have some normalcy and continue to attend the same school despite their transient lifestyle, but every second they spend at the stop comes with a visible reminder of what they’ve lost.
“(My daughter) says it all the time, ‘Can we go home?’ We’re right there in front of the house,” says Stacey. She says she “doesn’t have time to cry” because she can can’t think about what they’re going through at the same time as trying to figure out a place where the whole family can stay together. That last part is difficult, as most shelters are overburdened and can’t accommodate families of seven.
Here’s what you tell your kids when they ask why they can’t go back to their “home.” You tell them that you completely failed them as caretakers and that consequently they have to live in a van. Oh, and let them know that Daddy’s gold chain and tattoos were more important than paying rent. Because that’s the truth.
The Leonards were one of two or three seven-person families that Coordinated Entry, the state’s centralized phone system for shelter intake and other homeless services, attempted to place into area shelters this fall. When combined with his firsthand experiences looking at apartments, Jonathan, 37, a Stratham native who has a criminal record, says that’s evidence the highly competitive housing market is squeezing out individuals who have several kids and imperfect histories.
Oh good, he has a criminal record. Seems like a nice guy.
“Some of the places we’ve looked at say they’ve got 100 people applying for the same apartment,” says Jonathan, adding one landlord told him they needed to make $3,600 to even be considered for a place on Rochester’s Lafayette Street. “You almost have to be the perfect applicant.”
You live in New Hampshire. People move there to save money because it’s cheaper than living in Massachusetts. There’s literally no other reason for that state to exist. Here’s a bunch of apartments in Manchester they could rent between $500-900. Of course they could find this too, but they’re lazy slobs who found themselves in their current situation because they prefer to give up rather than find solutions for problems.
The Leonards have found themselves homeless multiple times over the last several years, each time due to various circumstances. Those include car repairs they couldn’t afford, an eviction for withholding rent, having to move out of motels due to either the high week-to-week cost or the summer tourism season, and most recently, being asked to leave a shelter in Rochester due to a confrontation involving Stacey and another resident.
Yup. They got kicked out of the shelter in Tony Deyoung’s town because she got into a confrontation with another resident about who used the last of the Noxzema.
Do you understand how much of an asshole you have to be to get kicked out of a shelter with five freaking kids? The biggest asshole. And if she was kicked out, then she should’ve figured out something on her own and let her kids continue to stay at the shelter with baby daddy. But nope, she had to drag them down with her and live in a Goddamn van because she wanted to pretend that she actually loves them.
Of course what most likely happened was mom and dad got caught with drugs, the shelter offered to let the kids stay there without them, and they selfishly declined the offer.
The Leonards get by on food stamps and $1,123 in disability payments that Jonathan gets each month, which Stacey says is for Jonathan’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and his antisocial personality disorder. Stacey doesn’t work because there is no other option for taking care of their five kids, whom both parents say are the top priorities when it comes to money, food, clothing and comfort. It’s been a delicate balance for them for years, and one Jonathan believes could happen to anyone.
So let me get this straight. They get food stamps and disability checks because he’s “antisocial.” But yet he seemed perfectly sociable in that video. Nevertheless this prevents him from working. So why doesn’t she get a job then? Because there is “no other option” for taking care of the kids. But wait, what about her husband? He can’t work because of his “disability.” Yet he sits around all day and collects checks. Guess he’s too busy doing nothing to look after the children he created.
“My mother had a brain aneurysm, then my grandfather died,” Jonathan said. “Obstacle, obstacle, obstacle. It’s not easy, but like I said my priority right now is to swallow my pride and do this and take care of my kids, same with Stacey.”
His grandfather died? That’s an obstacle? Dude, you’re 37. None of my grandparents were alive by the time I turned 33. Because that’s what grandparents do. They die. This is not an obstacle, it’s life. But please, tell me more about how you’re “swallowing your pride,” by collecting disability and food stamps every month, and “taking care of your kids,” which your wife claims is the reason she can’t work as well.
In addition to the eviction, which the Leonards want to fight in court even though they can’t afford an attorney, Jonathan’s criminal record and prison tattoos, they say, are working against the family. Jonathan spent 15 years in jail after he was convicted at age 17 of second-degree assault for attacking another person with a box cutter. He says the assault came after that person broke Jonathan’s grandmother’s window. While in jail, Jonathan says he thought he was “a killer” and that he’d never amount to anything more than that because he “was surrounded by a bunch of killers” every day.
FIFTEEN YEARS IN PRISON!!!! He tried to kill someone with a box cutter. Yup, this is the kind of guy I feel sorry for.
He says meeting Stacey while he was incarcerated changed his “outlook on life” and convinced him to change himself, as did having kids. Stacey says she fell for Jonathan because she saw a kindness in him, and she says that love only deepened once she saw how devoted he is to their children.
Who would’ve thought that falling in love with a prisoner who has spent his entire adult life incarcerated wouldn’t lead to a fairy tale ending?
But please, tell me more about how “kind he is.” Did you think he was kind when he was punching you in the stomach and throwing shit at you in 2013?
Jonathan Leonard, 33, who lists his address as a post office box in Stratham, pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to two charges of simple assault. Leonard is accused of throwing a drink bottle at his wife, hitting her in the stomach, and throwing a roll of tinfoil at her, hitting her in the head. At the time the alleged assaults were reported last month, the couple was living at 286 Concord St. Police prosecutors requested $2,000 cash/surety bail for Leonard, who is subject to a 72-hour probation hold in connection with a 2011 criminal threatening conviction. Leonard asked for a break on bail, saying he and his wife have been together for three years and they have a 16-month-old child. Judge William Lyons set bail at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with his wife and barring Leonard from her residence.
This article was one of the first things that comes up when you Google him. It reveals that he’s a violent repeat offender who was convicted of a crime in 2011, and she’s a “mother” who deals with the abuse because she’s “in love” and puts her own selfish desires over the well being of her children.
Glad to see they did their homework on this one! But of course they only lie like this because they know they’ll get responses like this:
Newsflash – defending scum like this doesn’t make you a good person. It actually makes you a terrible person because you’re supporting the right of two trashbags to force five children to live in their failure van. They’re not “trying” to take care of their family. They’re refusing to get jobs and whining about how unfair life is. Anyone defending them is part of the problem.