From middle class working professionals, they have fallen a long way. Scott and Donna Banning are homeless, living in a hotel room. Their money is running out and they are worried about where they are going to end up.
Their fear is that they will end up on the streets.
"What if we need 911? I have a cell phone, I can't plug it in. I would have no electricity," Donna said.
It is likely the Bannings might need medical help. Scott suffered a massive heart attack back in December. Then he had two more of them after that. He now lives on dozens of pills a day and relies on a monitor to sound an alert if he is about to have another.
"I need help," Scott told FOX 13. "And I am in a position I have never been in my life."
The Bannings say they have made dozens of calls for help, and were quickly losing hope until they met Pastor Tom Achison. Achison is the founder of "New Beginnings of Tampa."
There are only two emergency programs left for the homeless in Tampa, and Achisons is one of them. There were more, but the money to fund them has been diverted to programs that provide long-term housing for the homeless. It can take up to a few months to land a slot, so the Bannings and many others like them are left in limbo.
Achison is able to offer the Banning's a temporary solution. Scott can go into his men's program, and Donna into the one for women. They don't want to be apart, especially with Scott's dire medical problems, but they say it is better than ending up on the streets.
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