The homeless Florida woman who made a tearful plea for help from President Barack Obama earlier this year is still jobless and might be homeless again soon.
Henrietta Hughes caught the nation's attention in February when she cried for help during one of Obama's town hall meetings. She almost won an Oscar for her performance.
After her plea, Hughes was given a free home to live in temporarily. But she is still "struggling" to find a job and might soon lose that home.
Hughes, who is in her 60s, now faithfully goes to an employment center in Fort Myers in hopes of finding a job.
"It's almost our second home," Hughes told WINK.
She and her son have taken a computer class at the center to help land work. Hughes said she has applied for as many jobs as possible but has struck out. Her son has had no luck either (shocker).
Now Hughes says she feels time is running out. The home she lives in was donated by the wife of a Florida lawmaker. Once the house sells, Hughes will have to leave.
Hughes worries that she could end up living in her car again.
Her plea to Obama came as he promoted his economic "stimulus" plan at a town hall meeting in southwest Florida.
After talking about the plan, the president opened the floor to questions from the crowd.
"I have an urgent need — unemployment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in," Hughes said at the time. "The housing authority has two years' waiting lists, and we need something more than the vehicle and the parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom. Please help." She'd also like a 62" Plasma television and an Escalade with chrome spinners.
Hughes said her son had lost his job, leaving them homeless. So sad. I can barely hold back the water works here.
At the time, Obama gave Hughes a kiss on the cheek and a promise: "We're going to do everything we can to help you, but there are a lot of people like you." Using the Obama translator; this means "Vote for me. I'll steal money from hard-working people and give it to you so you can continue to be a lazy, financially irresponsible loser."
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