(CNN) – She's being hailed as the "face of the economic crisis," and now Henrietta Hughes has become somewhat of a media star after reaching out to President Obama on Tuesday in an emotional plea for help.
Her message: My son and I are homeless, and we need immediate help.
"I have an urgent need, unemployment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in," Hughes told Obama at a town hall rally in Fort Myers, Florida, as he pushed for passage of his stimulus plan in the Senate. "The housing authority has two years waiting lists, and we need something more than the vehicle and the parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom. Please help."
Hughes said she had been homeless after her son lost his job and, subsequently, their home. Although her son has been looking for work, Hughes says, so far, no luck.
White House spokesman Joshua Earnest said Wednesday that the administration connected Hughes - who did not vote in the 2008 election because she didn't have a home - with local housing officials, who happened to be in the crowd.
And it wasn't just officials reaching out.