Help for evicted couple
LOUIS and Shirland Murray, the sick and homeless couple who were put on the streets last week, now have a shelter over their heads.
Evicted from the one room they shared in Brittons Hill, St Michael, just over a week ago, the couple now have a home in Haggatt Hall.
The newly formed Barbados Vagrants & Homeless Society (BVHS) was in the forefront of assisting them, while it was the St Michael South branch of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) who found the house for the couple to stay in.
Chairman of BVHS, Kemar Saffrey, is delighted that all is well.
“It’s a sense of relief. I am really happy they have a place they can call home. It’s nothing more than they deserve. They have had to endure a lot and it is heartening they have some comfort.
“We played our part in assisting as well as the St Michael South branch of the DLP. Much credit has to go to the secretary and those responsible for finding the house in Haggatt Hall where they are now being accommodated. Special thanks must go to Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart,” he said.
Saffrey said his organisation had provided the couple with fresh clothing, foodstuff, and other items such as curtains and sheets.
BVHS sprang into action when the story of the couple’s plight was highlighted in the September 21 edition of the DAILY NATION.
Louis, a former taxi driver, is blind and has a brain tumour. Shirland suffers with high blood pressure and a bad back, and is overweight. Both have diabetes.
When the Murrays were evicted, they were forced to sleep in a verandah for a few nights.
Shirland, 43, was evicted from a place she had called home from the time she was a baby. (MK)