Man lives out of storage, car to pay child support - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Man lives out of storage, car to pay child support

Posted: Updated:
He's made his bed, and he has to lie in it. He's made his bed, and he has to lie in it.
He's saving what little he can to see where his faith -- and his Buick -- will take him. He's saving what little he can to see where his faith -- and his Buick -- will take him.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC TV) - He's made his bed, and he has to lie in it.  It is just that his bed is his Buick.

"I sleep in the driver's seat, just in case I have to get up and go," said 'Billy.' "Lay her back, thank the good Lord and nighty-night."

His chipper attitude masks the burden of owing $14,000 in child support after failing to keep three years of receipts. He had a daughter out of wedlock 16 years ago.

"I'm just overwhelmed with the (child support) bills," he said. "I had to choose between the rent and a car to get to work.

"So I made the choice to live in my vehicle, so I can get to and from work."

To and from the storage facility where he keeps all of his possessions.

His bathroom:  a box of baby wipes.

"They work good on grown-up's, too," he chuckled.

Shelby County Juvenile Court officials and officials with Maximus, the private company that manages Shelby County child support collections, would not confirm Billy's payment history or status on the grounds of "judicial ethics".

But at least one official with the Tennessee Department of Human Services told Action News 5 the state's child support collections have been more aggressive since they were privatized in 2009.

"There are more non-custodial parents meeting their current child support obligations," said agency spokesperson Devin Stone. Neither she nor Maximus officials would provide statistics on a short deadline.

"Billy" said he's not making excuses. He is making better decisions. 

No more struggles with alcohol. A good, solid job. A healing relationship with his daughter -- while paying $450 a month, the lion's share of his paycheck, to support her.

He is saving what little he can to see where his faith, and his Buick, will take him.

"I'm starting over," he said. "You make the decision to turn your life around. I'm going to let God take over and see where he leads me."

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Less crowds in second Spring Break weekend

    Less crowds in second Spring Break weekend

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:37:15 GMT
    If you were on Highway 90 Sunday, you may have noticed less traffic and fewer crowds on the beach. That's because the final weekend of Spring Break wrapped up Sunday. We talked to businesses and law enforcementMore >>
    If you were on Highway 90 Sunday, you may have noticed less traffic and fewer crowds on the beach. That's because the final weekend of Spring Break wrapped up Sunday. We talked to businesses and law enforcement to find out how it all went.More >>
  • Potential robber dies after getting stuck in oven vent

    Potential robber dies after getting stuck in oven vent

    Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.More >>
    Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.More >>
  • Gulfport man killed in I-10 rollover accident

    Gulfport man killed in I-10 rollover accident

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:12:56 GMT
    A Gulfport man who was thrown from his vehicle in a rollover accident Sunday night, died on the side of Interstate 10 as a result of his injuries. The accident happened near mile marker 36.More >>
    A Gulfport man who was thrown from his vehicle in a rollover accident Sunday night, died on the side of Interstate 10 as a result of his injuries. The accident happened just before 7pm near mile marker 36.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.