One Organization Sheds Light On The "Invisible Homeless" 11/19/13
CBS 7 News
November 19, 2013
ODESSA, TX-Finding a full-time job in this booming economy isn't hard to come across.
For many families, a full time job isn't enough to afford housing, creating what one organization calls, the "Invisible Homeless."
Invisible Homeless families and people may be your neighbor, or co-worker, but often time you wound not be able to notice.
Erika Chaves, with Odessa Links, defines these people as those who work full time, but cannot afford the cost of rent.
"We're seeing a lot of people that are living in shelters, living in hotel/motel rooms, staying out on the streets," said Erika Chavez, the Executive Director for Odessa Links.
Mandie Segovia is one of many who are struggling in this housing crisis.
"This is the first time Iíve had to live like this, in a garage, paycheck to paycheck," said Segovia.
Segovia, a single mother of four, has been living in her grandmother's garage since March.
She says for the longest time she didn't reach out for help, because she felt ashamed.
"I would never want nobody to know, but now Iím willing to come out and let everybody know the way Iím living, and hey I do need helpÖIím willing to do whatever it takes to get help for me and my children, because they deserve better, they donít deserve to be living back here (in a garage) like this," said Segovia.
Back in 2010, Segovia was a victim of domestic violence, and had to make a hard decision to leave her husband and become the head of the household.
She says she trying her best to get by.
"I would love to get two jobs, but my babies, I have to be here for themÖI mean Iím thankful I have four walls and a roof, you know what I mean, itís a garage not a home,Ē said Segovia.
Segovia says she's hit a wall and isn't ashamed to let others know her story, because she's in desperate need of help.
For those seeking help, you can call Odessa Links at 432-582-0099 or visit their website at www.odessalinks.org.