Photo copyright 2009, Matt Roth
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
City Spring Elementary/Middle School volunteer Tameka Harrison, talks to the housing shelter she and her son Jahmal live in about extending their stay. She thought she was going to be able to move into a new place this Friday, but she didn't have enough money pay for the first month's rent, which she thought was would be waived along with the security deposit. Harrison, who can't work due to a facial injury, volunteers at her son Jahmal's school where poverty is the norm. Ninety-six percent of the student body qualifies for free lunches. Tameka and Jahmal, who suffers from lead poisoning, used to live in one of the close-by housing projects, but have been homeless for the last two months. They're currently staying at Sarah's Hope Shelter in West Baltimore.