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Help trafficking survivor keep a roof over her head!

Organized by: Cammy P

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THE STORY:

Jacqueline Homan was forced into prostitution when she was twelve (one year younger than the average age of entering prostitution in the US) and escaped her traffickers when she was seventeen. Since escaping, Jacqueline has lived in chronic poverty and it has been difficult for Jacqueline to get a job due to a prostitution record. Also due to her prostitution record, which is thirty years old from when she was a minor, and her bad credit (from a lack of job opportunites) she cannot rent an apartment to prevent her becoming homeless. Now the Erie Code Enforcement is threatening to condemn her house if she can't get the collapsed garage/outbuilding roof fixed within 30 days.

Through her years of struggling to survive day-to-day in chronic poverty, Jacqueline met a man whom later became her husband. Her husband had a house, where they both lived together until he passed away. Jacqueline now lives alone in the house from her deceased husband. Had Jacqueline never met her deceased husband, she most likely would have died from poverty and homelessness long ago—the average life expectancy for poor women who are survivors of sex trafficking in the US is only 34 years of age. Most die from poverty, or from being economically forced to return to prostitution where they die from either disease or murder at the hands of johns. Please help this survivor who is an older lady that has struggled to overcome so much adversity and who is working to help other victims/survivors of sex trafficking too.

At age 47, Jacqueline has finally gotten her FIRST real chance for employment in software development, but she does not make nearly enough to cover the costs to fix her collapsed roof-- which if she doesn't repair in the next 30 days, she will become homeless with no hope of a quality of life. Jacqueline is turning 47 this May, and with her health problems (most from having been trafficked), homelessness is a death sentence.

Jacqueline had planned on using her house as a safe place for other exited women to stay at while she teaches them about software development, since that's one of the very few jobs where survivors of sex trafficking will not be barred from. But with her roof collapsing and the city of Erie threatening to condemn her home, her wish to help improve the economic and emotional lives of exited women has unfortunately been put on hold.

Any offers of donated labor from licensed contractors who can get the permits from Code Enforcement are also welcomed-- any help is appreciated!

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