Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fatal accident and housing issues

It was a tragic start to the week on Monday when a two-vehicle head-on collision killed one woman and left three injured. Rescue crews spent about an hour extricating four patients from the wreck, and sent one to hospital immediately through air ambulance.

Last Friday, I caught up with Nicole Bowser, a single mother of three who lives in a trailer home in Gravenhurst. She's one of those people you meet every so often with an inspiring story but who is facing a difficult challenge in life. When she lost her job working with troubled youth, she put herself through college to retrain and healthcare, and now juggles her kids with a 50-hour work week and two jobs - one as a PSW and another as a vocational support worker.
With mould and rot slowly eating away at her home, she applied to a provincial renovation grant to get repairs underway. Problem is, she was denied the funds as her home sits on leased land. Always heartbreaking when I'm sent to cover stories like hers.

She understands help might not come anytime soon, but she's hoping mobile home owners who aren't landowners won't be forgotten.

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