Homeless for 6 months, mom gets her family off the streets

EUGENE, Ore. - Joyce Hammon and her daughters Aubrey, 4, and Jasmine, 11 months, were homeless for half a year.

On Friday, they're moving into a home of their own.

"I was never the person to ask for help," she said, "but I know I needed it for me and my family."

First Place Family Shelter said resources are limited at a time when demand is high.

"Resources are fewer, and the need is greater," said Diana Wise, the shelter assistant director. "I've been at First Place for 8 years, and it's the worst I've ever seen it. I get phone calls every day from people who have never been in this circumstance before, who are desperate, they're afraid, they're desperate, they're in tears, and they don't know where to turn."

Hammon and her family stayed at the Eugene Mission, which offers food, shelter and guidance for people looking to make a change and get off the streets.

"I've actually had some friends come here, men and women, and they've actually gotten places and gotten the help that they needed," Hammon said.

"I couldn't ask for more right now. I got everything I needed when I came here, for me and my children. It's all about the kids."