Mom, 10 children burned out of home still desperate for housing - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mom, 10 children burned out of home still desperate for housing

Robinson and her children. (Source: Family) Robinson and her children. (Source: Family)
Picture of Robinson's home burning. (Source: WMC Action News 5 archives) Picture of Robinson's home burning. (Source: WMC Action News 5 archives)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

It has been two weeks since Little Robinson and her ten children were burned out of their South Memphis home on Lucy Street.

The family lost everything in the fire, including new appliances Robinson said she had recently purchased with her income tax refund. 

The family's temporary housing at a motel paid for by the American Red Cross will soon end.

Robinson has been searching for housing assistance but has been turned away. She feels that is because of her background, which she admits is not squeaky clean.

She also believes she has been denied decent housing because of her family size. 

"It got to a point when I call people they are like "Well then with 10 or 9 children, Section 8 would be better. You have to have three times the rent to rent with us,'" she explained. 

Robinson said she is separated from her children's father. She said he is also not providing any financial support.

"I don't think I could get a dime from their dad," she said. 

Living in one room with clothes and donations from the community, Robinson said she is taking it day by day.

Nearly $1,000 has been raised on the family's GoFundMe page. That money has been used for food and gas.

"We save every dime we got. If it comes to us, instead of buying fast food going to a family members house to cook," Robinson said.

Robinson hopes a Mid-South landlord will see her story and consider helping them with a place to live.

"Sometimes I cry, but I have to clean myself up cause I don't want my kids to see me cry," Robinson said. "If I break down, I've been holding on to so much that I might not come back from that."

"Finding a house is no problem, finding someone willing to give me a chance is the problem, because they are out here. They [landlords] just pick and chose who they want in them."

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