CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - A mother and daughter were living in their car since October 2015. What's worse is the car did not work. FOX 46 Charlotte took action and got results to help them start getting back on their feet.
"I have nowhere to live in a car that does not run," Barbara explained.
Barbara Gregory and her daughter Teresa Kramer said their car has been their home for the past 207 days.
"You spend your nights sitting straight up. You've lived through fall, winter with snow and ice, and the car has no heat," Gregory said.
They only had a few blankets to keep warm.
"One day the doors were frozen. We didn't know if we were able to get out," she said.
Kramer said she was let go from her job which left her and her mom to survive on social security. And then their rent went up.
"There's no way my social security could cover that. We packed our clothes to leave. We put our things in our car and within three days our car broke down. We had been looking for somewhere to stay. We continue to look. Because Teresa was out of work and I was unable to go back to work. That's what happened," said Barbara.
Kramer said she's been going to the library every day since to apply for jobs online. But it's hard to get out of this vicious cycle.
"Without reliable transportation to get to work, and without a job to qualify for an apartment and to get housing, what option do you have? You're stuck living in your car. You have absolutely nothing. It can all fall away so quickly," Kramer said.
The Think Broader Foundation has been working with the family to get them out of living in their car.
"Unfortunately, we've lost a lot of our clothing because it molding in the car. Teresa had a lot of nice corporate clothes. We've had to sell a lot of it for food and bus fare. We had a lot more in the car," Gregory said.
Through it all, they're trying to keep a sense of humor.
"We're together. We're family. This is it. We've been 207 days together. Imagine living with your mother for 207 days in a car. Sorry. Had to throw that out there," Gregory said.
They’re also trying to keep a sense of dignity.
"I'm not wearing my bedroom slippers and I’m still dressed from days ago. They don't see it. They don't know it. You can't lose your pride," Gregory said.
Want help this family? A GoFundMe account has been set up: CLICK HERE!
A special thank you to Brandon Reeves Auto World for donating the van, and for putting the mother and daughter in a hotel for the weekend while all the paperwork finalizes. Simply amazing.