An outpouring of concern and donations have overwhelmed Jasmine Ingram, who said she may soon be homeless with her children if she does not receive a housing unit through the Rockingham Housing Authority.
Still, in the last days of being able to stay with friends, Ingram said she has become tired of waiting on others and is trying to find ways to make her own situation better.
“I’m not looking for hand-outs — I’m looking for a hand up,” she said. Her dilemma was first reported in the Daily Journal on Tuesday.
She is working on setting up an online account that people can donate to if they wish, as many have expressed this desire in numerous calls to the newspaper.
“I’m so grateful for these things,” said Ingram, about the outpouring of concern from the community.
One woman offered to pay the bill of her storage unit, which Ingram received when an unexpectedly high power bill came due. The power bill of $875 caused her to get behind on her rent payment, and her landlord asked her to leave.
“This lady offered to pay my storage unit bill, but I had just gotten caught up on that, so she donated $25 to me,” said Ingram. “Every bit helps.”
Ingram is also trying to figure out how she can continue to pursue her online college classes through Sandhills Community College while she deals with the possibility of being homeless. She may be denied financial aide if her situation doesn’t change.
“I’m not a deadbeat,” she said. “I’m not going to beg. No one is going to keep me poor. I was not born poor and my children won’t be poor.”
Ingram continues to work and pay off her bills, but she hopes she can be a voice for others experiencing the housing void while struggling with children. She said she sent emails and called the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., Shaun Donovan. Ingram said she is concerned about others in her situation, or worse.
“I was surprised to learn there were folks living under the bridge,” she said. “What is this world coming to … as small as our county is, we let our own die. This is ridiculous. How are we supposed to raise our children?”
Ingram waits on a list, name 10 of 80, for a housing unit through the Rockingham Housing Authority, who said that although eligible, she may not get a unit. Ingram has three children; an 8-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son. Because of the age of her son, she was not qualified to be admitted to transitional housing. She also learned shortly after being put out of her home that her second daughter has type 2 diabetes.
“My daughter got her diabetic strips taken care of, so I’m glad about that,” she said with relief in her voice.
If you have resources to hold a fundraiser or wish to help Ingram in some way, contact Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.