April 23rd, 2009
05:11 AM ET
11 years ago

Woman who pleaded to Obama faces homelessness again

(CNN) - The homeless Florida woman who made a tearful plea for help from President Barack Obama earlier this year is still jobless and might be homeless again soon.

Henrietta Hughes caught the nation's attention in February when she cried for help during one of Obama's town hall meetings.

After her plea, Hughes was given a free home to live in temporarily. But she is still struggling to find a job and might soon lose that home, CNN television affiliate WINK reported Thursday.

Hughes, who is in her 60s, now faithfully goes to an employment center in Fort Myers in hopes of finding a job.

"It's almost our second home," Hughes told WINK.

She and her son have taken a computer class at the center to help land work. Hughes said she has applied for as many jobs as possible but has struck out. Her son has had no luck either.

Now Hughes says she feels time is running out. The home she lives in was donated by the wife of a Florida lawmaker. Once the house sells, Hughes will have to leave.

Hughes worries that she could end up living in her car again.

Her plea to Obama came as he promoted his economic stimulus plan at a town hall meeting in southwest Florida.

After talking about the plan, the president opened the floor to questions from the crowd.

"I have an urgent need - unemployment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in," Hughes said at the time. "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 her son had lost his job, leaving them homeless.

At the time, Obama gave Hughes a kiss on the cheek and a promise: "We're going to do everything we can to help you, but there are a lot of people like you."


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