Pregnant Mother Faces Possibly Being Homeless - - Jackson, MS

Pregnant Mother Faces Possibly Being Homeless

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By David Kenney - bio | email

This weekend we first told you about an apartment fire that displaced several families in north Jackson.  

Tuesday, at least one of the fire victims says she's still without a home, and is getting no assistance from the apartment complex.

The Northside Terrace apartments caught fire early Sunday morning. The fire victims received help in the form of temporary housing from the Red Cross, but that help runs out Wednesday.

Latasha Chaney says she was awakened in the middle of the night, and narrowly escaped the blaze with her one year old child. Many of her belongings still remain inside her boarded up apartment, which suffered heavy smoke damage.

Latasha says she has requested help from the apartment managers in moving to another unit, but has not been told if they have any space for her. She also has renters insurance, but so far her insurance company has been reluctant to send her any money for a deposit on a new apartment.

"This is very upsetting and frustrating for me to be eight months pregnant and have a one year old who have no idea what's going on and about to be homeless and have nowhere to stay," says Chaney.

Tuesday afternoon, Matt's House, a shelter managed by Stewpot Community Services agreed to house Latasha and her son until they can get back on their feet.

Managers at the Northside Terrace apartments declined to tell us if they would give her any help. The cause of that fire is still under investigation, but some tenants believe it could have started from unattended food cooking on a stove.

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