Refugee family of 13 from Africa seeking permanent home

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – A refugee family of 13 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo desperately needs a home after spending much of the summer living out of a minivan at a southeast Portland park.

They currently have a place to stay at the home of a McMinnville family who heard their story. But it's temporary.

Oswald Mushombe said refugee housing aid ran out and due to the large size of his family, he has no way to afford a place big enough for all of them. His children range in age from five months to 15 years old. The park was a tough place to live.

"I've been living in this park because I don't find any place. Now I'm working [making] $1500 a month and I try to go to different people to rent their house; they tell me that money is little money," said Mushombe.

Catholic Charities said it couldn't comment on individual cases, but said in general the first three months of housing are covered for refugees in its program. The organization said it would look into the Mushombe case to see if it could help more.

In the meantime, Monica Radky and her family in McMinnville is helping, with a temporary place to live. The refugee family happened into their neighborhood and Radky jumped into action. The woman's father brought a fifth-wheel trailer in to help.

"It was just a fluke and here they are and there has got to be more for this family. There has got to be more than sleeping in a park, we are better than that. They need a home, they need what every person is deserving of having and the kids need to go to school that starts next week," said Radky.

If you'd like to help, the Radky's set up a Gofundme page for donations. KGW will follow this story and update you on the Mushombe family.


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