A news reporter named Marty Griffin recently discovered that an entire family of five, including three children, had been living in a Pennsylvania storage unit for months, according to CBS Pittsburgh.
Mother Jacquelyn Ashbaugh said that they had been making the tiny storage facility their home, which features no electricity or running water, for two whole months.
In the unit, reporter Griffin found a single mattress, along with some packaged food, including cereal. The only available light, once the steel doors are closed, would be from Ashbaugh’s cell phone.
CBS Pittsburgh has noted that not only is this type of living arrangement illegal, but it is also extremely dangerous. The family had to climb through a fence in order to use the restroom located inside a nearby McDonald’s.
The actual ages of their three children has not been released, but the family has been set up with a contact at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. It has been noted that the family now resides in emergency housing.
“There’s definitely hope and services available to them,” Abigail Horn, with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, said, noting that she was not allowed to discuss the specifics of the case.
“There’s definitely help available.”
“Individuals and families are all dealing with the challenges that life brings them. Families, households do find themselves in difficult situations.”
The manager of the storage unit facility told reporters that he did not know that an entire family was living inside of one of his tiny units.
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