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January 31, 2014

Homeless family struggles to make ends meet

Mother, three children evicted from shelter

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But that 30-day period ended two weeks ago.

“We had no other place to go,” Wain said. “The town wouldn’t pay for us to stay in a motel anymore.”

She said the family’s only option was to stay in homeless shelters in Lawrence or Claremont — on the other side of the state. But church members came forward and paid for the family to stay at the Robert Frost Motor Inn in Derry for five weeks.

Although the family now has another temporary home, Wain said the ordeal has been tough on her other children, Kamden, 8, and Emma, 5. Breeya continues to live with her father.

Wain isn’t sure what to do when she can no longer stay at the Robert Frost Motor Inn.

She said she’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has a tough time holding down a job while also caring for her family.

Wain said it’s a common misperception that most — if not all — homeless people are drug addicts or alcoholics. But many homeless people do have mental illness, she said.

“There are a lot of people who are homeless who do not take drugs or take alcohol,” Wain said.

She last worked at Bertucci’s restaurant in June.

“I really haven’t been able to do anything with everything that’s going on,” she said.

Since Breeya is with her father, Wain said, she’s not entitled to receive child support from him. The father of her other two children abandoned the family last summer, forcing them into homelessness, she said.

Until her family was evicted, Wain said, she thought the Family Promise program was terrific. They were treated well, she said — until the eviction.

“We trusted them and they threw us out,” she said. “They made us feel like bad people.”

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