Mother of 5 seeks HUD help - - Jackson, MS

Mother of 5 seeks HUD help

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A single mother of five tired of waiting for HUD assistance is turning to the city council for help.

Crystal Campbell says she's been applying for HUD help off and on since 1999. She's been denied, and is currently staying with a friend. Campbell said she was told she couldn't get assistance because she didn't have a stable place to stay.

"I constantly go down there and they constantly give me the run around every time I go down there," said Campbell.

One of Campbell's five children has special needs and receives disability payments. Campbell said she was recently laid off and is looking for a job.

Meanwhile, Jackson City Councilman Kenneth stokes is taking up Campbell's cause. He held a press conference about the issue Monday at city hall.

"I think the people at HUD need some sensitivity. When they took the job, they took the job wanting to help people. Somewhere down the line, they've forgotten that mission. This is a person who truly need some help," said Stokes. "We're saying, the system is broken."

Stokes said he hasn't spoken with HUD, but plans to discuss the issue during Tuesday's city council meeting.

Our calls to the HUD office in Jackson were not immediately returned.

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