Monday, February 6, 2023

Campbell Says Ministry Tried to Help Homeless Mother. Here’s Why She Turned Down the Offer.

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Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell said his office has reached out to the 30-year-old woman who was left homeless with her three children after eviction from her apartment, and she has since turned down an offer for temporary housing.

Why it matters

Member of Parliament for Englerston Glenys Hanna-Martin criticized the government for its handling of housing issues and rental assistance amidst the pandemic, highlighting the woman’s issue who was recently featured in national news report.

The big story

The mother of a newborn baby, Claudia Grant was featured on Our News on Tuesday night, telling her story of having to resort to sleeping in her car with her children.

Grant said she was left jobless since March at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was eventually left homeless recently after eviction.

Grant said she relies on the assisstance from the national task force and church charities to get by as the fathers of the children are not in their lives.

What Minister Frankie Campbell says

Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell responded to Gleny’s Hanna-Martin, clarifying his ministry’s response to the issue.

“We have found her. We’ve spoken to her and her response to our offer is that she is not interested in anything temporary. She is looking for a more permanent offer and she is awaiting an offer that was extended to her.

“And my office has indicated to her that if that doesn’t work out, we’re still here for [her].”

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