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Monday, April 23, 2007

She has the Gestation Period of an Elephant; Other than that, Her Story Checks Out

I've always had a sneaking suspicion that some of the homeless people I see on the streets could be there out of laziness and sheer unwillingness to act as a functioning adult. I'm not saying that this one case, of some semi-homeless woman who claims to have had a 13-month pregnancy, proves my point or anything, but you can read the story, laugh and form your own opinion.

Nine months after the homeless family slept in a shelter lobby and kept their belongings stuffed in shopping carts, the Couillards seem to be trying hard to still their wandering, to give the girls a place to come home to and teachers who see them every day.

It's a struggle, though.


They have an apartment, but there's never a good time to show it off.

Lee Couillard said he has a job, but he is spotted at home in the afternoon. The baby that Connie said was due in December never made an appearance.


The Couillards are among the hardest of cases social workers describe as the chronically homeless.

Connie calls it bad luck. They frequently lose jobs, fall behind on rent and eventually get evicted.


He [Lee, the husband] smelled of beer and cigarettes as he stood shirtless in the hallway of the Tampa Heights four-plex, where the Couillards pay $700 a month for a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment.

His cell phone rang. The Couillards have two cell phones.

"Soon, we'll have cable," Lee said, stepping inside to take the call. The door shut behind him. The place is a mess, he said when he returned to the hall. Connie would kill him if he let anyone in.
Heh. "Chronically Homeless". Maybe it's a disease that we can treat!

Read the full article; my excerpts do no justice for the wonderfully skeptical mood of the piece.

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