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January 31, 2014

Homeless family struggles to make ends meet

Mother, three children evicted from shelter

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McKinney-Vareschi confirmed that Wain’s family and two others were asked to leave, but said she could not speak about any of the families in the program.

“The timing was horrible — I have sympathy,” she said of Wain’s situation. “I can’t comment. We can’t violate confidentiality.”

After Wain, 34, and her children — now 13, 8 and 5 — moved in Aug. 26, they were happy with the program. They slept at each church for a week at a time and would spend the day at the organization’s center at Calvary Bible Church in Derry. The children would be brought to and from school.

But switching homes and schools was difficult for 13-year-old Breeya, her mother said. The teen would become frustrated and angry.

“She had been having a rough time,” Wain said. “When she would get mad, she would hit me. The director told me she couldn’t stay in the program.”

Wain said she was told the teen would have to live with her father or somewhere else. Otherwise, the entire family would have to move.

It was agreed the 13-year-old would live with her father in Lawrence. But when the girl started hitting her mother the next day and someone else was accidentally kicked while restraining the teen, that was the last straw, Wain said.

The police were called and the family was given 15 minutes to pack up their belongings, Wain said.

“They dumped us at the Red Roof in Salem with $11 and bought us a pizza,” she said.

Family Promise paid for the family to stay at Red Roof for two nights. After that, other arrangements must be made through the welfare office in the family’s hometown, McKinney-Vareschi said.

Arrangements for Wain and her children were made through the Salem human services office, which funded the family’s stay for 30 days.

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