Vanezza Bates had been sleeping in her car, knowing it wouldn’t be repossessed if she was inside. She’d fallen a couple months behind on payments, and she didn’t have a home to go to anyway.
But one night, her grandmother said Bates’ 11-year-old daughter, J’Mayh, couldn’t stay with her unless Bates stayed, too. She got up the next morning and discovered her silver 2005 Hyundai Elantra was gone, just as she’d feared.
Homeless and now without a car, Bates and her daughter have continued drifting between the homes of friends and family. While J’Mayh is at school, Bates tries to find work through a temp agency, but she can’t seem to scrape enough cash together to rent an apartment.
In the weeks since her car was repossessed, she said she has received several calls about jobs she can’t accept because she doesn’t have a reliable way to get there.
“I don’t want to sugarcoat it,” said Bates, 31. “I fight the urge every day to give up. Just to say, ‘Forget it.’ It’s easier to give