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No place to sleep: Woman struggles to find permanent home

Alissa Groeninger/CU-CitizenAccess — When Tina Lee’s home burned down last year, she and her children saw not only the house but their lives turn to ash.

“We lost everything,” Lee said.

She spent the night trying to find a place to sleep but couldn’t stay at a shelter because her teenage sons were with her. 

There is no emergency shelter in Champaign County where a single mother with sons over 14 can stay.  Also, her family is too big for a shelter – she lives with six of her children.

Lee and her family’s first option after the fire was to spend a few nights with her sister.

Darrell Hoemann/The News-Gazette/Tina Lee and her son, Pierre James. Lee and her family of six had a hard time finding emergency housing after a fire forced the family into homelessness.

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