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    Before landing a full-time job that started last week, Ali Braswell didn’t think she could make September’s rent. She’d started scoping out storage options for her stuff and shelters where she could bring her two young children.

    Before landing a full-time job that started last week, Ali Braswell didn’t think she could make September’s rent. She’d started scoping out storage options for her stuff and shelters where she could bring her two young children.

    “I was running on fumes. I really did not know what I was going to do,” said Braswell, who is 40 and lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. “I believed the Lord was going to make something happen. If we were going to go into a shelter then I was going to make the best.”

    Braswell told HuffPost she got hired last month to do human resources and customer service work for a global IT company with a location in nearby Pittsboro. She’s making less money than she used to, but she said she feels “blessed.”

    She’d been out of work for longer than two years after losing her job as a payroll coordinator halfway through 2009. Since then, she said she had gotten by with $480 a week in unemployment insurance benefits and about $90 a week from a part-time job as a desk attendant in a residence hall at the University of North Carolina.

    The unemployment benefits lapsed for a month over the summer because of an impasse between statehouse Republicans and Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue. The standoff stopped only when Perdue issued a surprise executive order, restoring benefits to nearly 50,000 North Carolinians. (In her order, Perdue cited the experience of a single mom like Braswell: “Because she lost her benefits she and her daughter can no longer stay in their apartment. They have nowhere to put their belongings so they will also lose everything that they can carry to the homeless shelter.”)

    Read Full Story at Huffington Post

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    Calvin Wilson
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