HOLIDAY (FOX 13) - A couple left teetering on homelessness as a result of the husband's disability is getting much-needed help after deputies discovered the pair living in a tiny hidden room in a motel that authorities described as "deplorable."
The couple, Ed and Kimberly Hunt, was paying nearly $1000 a month to live in a 150 square-foot unit hidden behind a wall at the Crystal Inn off U.S. 19.
Deputies found the couple during a human trafficking sweep of the motel when they heard a TV coming from behind a wall. They described the condition of the room as filthy and worry the owner was taking advantage of the couple because they don't have the money or credit required for a traditional apartment.
Community members saw the Hunts' story Wednesday and have made donations. Thursday, Corporal Alan Wilkett of the Pasco Sheriff's Office and Missy Coyle of Bay Care, brought the donations to the Hunts, including a new wheelchair for Ed.
Ed Hunt was left nearly immobile because of a medical mishap in a hospital after a car crash.
The couple says the outpouring of support for them is giving them hope for the future.
"I never really realized before now that there's still people out there that have a heart and like I said before you all are a blessing," Hunt said.
The sheriff's office is working with community partners to find the Hunts permanent housing. In the meantime, the Crystal Inn's owner Dinesh Patel has moved the couple to a larger room.