Mother of three on the brink of be­ing home­less again

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DRÉ WIL­LIAMS STAR Writer

Hav­ing fallen on hard times, a mother of three has de­signed a plan to get back on her feet. La­toya Hem­mings, 32, a res­i­dent of Green Is­land in Hanover, is seek­ing the pub­lic’s help in be­com­ing a home­owner.

She now oc­cu­pies the dwelling as a ten­ant, but the board house is up for sale as the owner now wants it off her land. The prob­lem, how­ever, is that Hem­mings has no money.

The two-bed­room board house is be­ing sold for $175,000.

Cur­rently un­em­ployed, Hem­mings said she is strug­gling to care fore her three chil­dren, ages 16, two, and nine months old.

“Many times I can’t find food for them, but my pri­or­ity is hav­ing a roof over my head for the chil­dren,” Hem­mings told THE STAR.

Our news team was told that Hem­mings was liv­ing on the street when she ap­proached Food For The Poor for a house.

“I did not have my own land so they could not give me a house. I saw a house that was up for rent and went back to Food For The Poor and they paid the first month’s rent of $8,000 for me. Af­ter that I be­gan to pay be­cause I was work­ing as a cashier at a gas sta­tion at the time,” she said.

Su­san Moore, di­rec­tor in charge of so­cial outreach and health care, told our news team that al­though they are not fa­mil­iar with Hem­mings’ case, she might have got as­sis­tance from the parish’s poor re­lief de­part­ment.

“Each parish has a poor re­lief de­part­ment and they may know some­one needy. They would do a field visit and some­times do a short as­sis­tance. That may have been the case”, Moore said.

SEEK­ING EM­PLOY­MENT

Mean­while, Hem­mings said she re­signed her last job to take bet­ter care of her chil­dren, but with no steady source of in­come to sup­port the house­hold, she is cur­rently seek­ing em­ploy­ment.

“I had to re­sign from the last work be­cause the chil­dren were com­ing home from the day­care with bites and los­ing weight. A bet­ter job could get bet­ter day­care which would treat them bet­ter, and I would con­cen­trate on keep­ing the job to pay the bills,” she told our news team.

Hem­mings said the fa­ther of her last two chil­dren is un­able to as­sist her to buy the house. She cur­rently owes $48,000 for rent, and said she has not idea how she will be able to clear it at this point.

She has un­til Mon­day to pay for the house, fail­ing which she could be on the streets. If she is suc­cess­ful in pur­chas­ing the house, Hem­mings said that she al­ready has au­tho­ri­sa­tion from a rel­a­tive to have it re­lo­cated to a nearby prop­erty.

The two-room board struc­ture La­toya Hem­mings is seek­ing as­sis­tance to pur­chase.

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