Family of 5 finds a home in time for Christmas after months living in an SUV at Walmart
EUGENE, Ore. - For four months, Jackie Campbell and her family of five lived in a Ford Explorer parked outside of a Walmart in Springfield.
"We used extra blankets and extra warmth and every extra thing we could do to be comfortable in the vehicle," she said.
Now they have a real roof over their heads, just in time for Christmas.
Campbell qualified for the Rapid Rehousing Program, which helps homeless families transition to permanent housing.
She had hunted for a place to live but her rental applications had been constantly declined.
"Some people don't even want to accept the Rapid Rehousing Program, because they believe people should have jobs and be on their feet or that there shouldn't be a program like this, like they want to know, 'Where is your resdience right now? Where are you living? Why are you unstable? Why are you homeless? How did you become homeless?" she said. "They don't understand any of that stuff."
Now with a home, Campbell is grateful for the little things.
"I want the kids to have a a really good Christmas," she said. "I plan to have a Christmas tree really soon and everything set up so they can have a good Christmas."