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Homeless family of eleven is helped by community members


MADISON (WKOW)-- A family from Chicago's South side is now living on the streets of Madison. The family of eleven says they moved here to escape the violence of their neighborhood. Family members say they've been sleeping on State Street since September 7th.

"You never expect to be homeless. I don't think nobody does," Angellisa Bullock says.

Bullock says she was willing to risk anything to feel safe again.

"The shootings and the murders and the killings and stuff. I was just ready to go," Bullock says.

After her daughter Dominique found a job in Madison, Angellisa saw her chance to escape the violence in their neighborhood in south side Chicago.

"When she came here in July she was like mom, the job opportunities are a whole lot better right now," Bullock says.

Bullock and her daughters grabbed their kids and headed for Madison. For weeks they were living on the streets and in shelters until Sunday morning when a Madison Police officer saw them sleeping on State Street.

"She was just like this is unacceptable. I'm going to go get you guys some help," Bullock's daughter Cassandra says.

The officer called three local churches who all agreed to help the family. Together they provided food, clothing and shelter at a local motel.

"It was just nice people here that were treating us nice and telling us not to give up and saying god is good and he is. We've been getting a lot of blessings," Bullock says.

Family members say it was nice to get off the street, but no one appreciated it more than Cassandra who is now six months pregnant.

"The bed feels wonderful," Cassandra laughs.

After spending four nights at the hotel the family is back on streets Thursday morning, but now with the outpouring of support they've received, they're confident they'll soon find a home.

"It's going to take some time, but we're getting there," Bullock says.

The family of eleven includes a five month old, two toddlers, a nine-year-old and a 13-year-old. The parents say they're currently enrolling the two oldest kids in school here in Madison. All of the adults are also looking for jobs. Two of them have already started working.


MADISON (WKOW)-- A family of eleven says they are happy to be free of the violence in their South Chicago neighborhood even if it means living on the streets.

The six adults and five children have been sleeping on State Street and in shelters all month, but Sunday morning a few local churches decided to help them out.

Tonight on 27 News at 10:00 p.m. find out how community members worked to help a family get back on its feet.

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