Photo copyright 2009, Matt Roth
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
City Springs Elementary School first grader Jahmal Harrison, and his mother Tameka Harrison, both currently homeless, wait across the street from his school for the 11 bus to their shelter Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Fans of wrestling, they play around during their wait. Tameka, who can't work due to a facial injury, volunteers at her son'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. Tameka thought she was going to be moving into an apartment Friday, under the auspices that both the security deposit and the first month's rent would be waived, but the latter was not. So, they're staying in the Sarah's Hope shelter a little while longer.