FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP)
Henrietta Hughes told of living in a small truck with her son, and in
meeting with the president become an overnight symbol of
After the meeting, the wife of a local state representative
offered to let the Hugheses live free in one of their homes. A
police officer paid for three nights at a nearby hotel. There was
free furniture, a job interview for Hughes' son, Corey, and a visit
from the head of the local housing authority.
But Hughes is still on a roughly 60-day wait list for a
long-term spot in public housing.
Meanwhile, an $80 million public housing project that would
provide 380 family units is stalled and in desperate need of
investors, though a $789 billion stimulus bill now awaiting a final
vote from Congress could help.
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