A family still struggling with the after shocks of their father climbing a communications tower and threatening to commit suicide in April 2009, is asking for the community’s help in finding a place to live.
Michelle Williams-Boal said her family will be on the street if they cannot find a place to live by the end of the month. Their current apartment, off Easy Street, is being foreclosed on and the property owner needs the family to leave by June 30.
Last April, Boal’s now estranged husband Camn, threatened to throw himself off a tower after he learned the family had been denied an apartment.
Boal believes Camn was driven to attempt suicide after learning the news because finding a home has always been an issue for the large family who is on a limited income (Boal’s combined cash income is $1,200 a month).
In addition, Camn’s criminal record is a concern with most property owners and the couple has a son who needs around the clock medical attention.
However, now that Boal is no longer involved with Camn, Boal hopes someone will step forward and offer a rental at a rate she can afford, which is around $700-$800 a month.
“I have to get a home and soon,” she said.
In February, the Roundup profiled the family, who badly needed a rocking chair for son Zane, who suffers from congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) or primary alveolar hypoventilation, a respiratory disorder.
Several community members stepped forward and donated rocking chairs and gift cards to the family, which also includes five other children, ranging in age from 2 to 19.
Boal said she is grateful for the help from residents’ and her church, which currently covers the cost of her utilities.
Boal cannot work or leave her home because Zane requires constant attention.
Persons afflicted with CCHS suffer from respiratory arrest during sleep, which can be fatal if not monitored regularly. Doctors placed a tracheotomy in Zane’s throat that must be attached to a ventilator every time he goes to sleep.
Since Zane is vulnerable to infections with a tracheotomy (trach) in his throat, he cannot go outside often and regularly spends hours rocking in a chair.
Boal is constantly at Zane’s side clearing his trach and attending to his needs.
The family survives on $674 from Zane’s Social Security, $300 from Boal’s parents and $278 from Camn’s Social Security.
If Boal cannot secure a home by July 1, she worries Zane will be taken away and placed in a Valley nursing home.
A three-bedroom home would work best for Boal and her four youngest children.
Boal’s 19-year-old and 16-year-old children live in the Valley with their father.
Boal said she does not have a criminal record, pays her rent on time and keeps her home clean.
She is unable to pay a deposit up front, due to limited savings, but would pay once she has the money. If you can help, contact Boal at (928) 468-8337 or (928) 951-0375.