How did I become homeless?

A photograph of a homeless woman walking down a street carrying a shopping bag.


The reasons why I became homeless are many.

Back in 2008 I lost my two children to state custody and have had a hard time getting them back. This increased my stress levels and emotional issues.

Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, I had various hotel and restaurant jobs. However, employment in the South was very hard to maintain due to the tough fluctuating job market.

In 2016, I had the experience of seeing a large group of homeless people disappearing. Some died. That experience led me to fear for my life and come to Washington, D.C. for safety.

I am still struggling to survive in some areas, but I have met some wonderful community people and priests since I have been in D.C.

I enjoy working for Street Sense Media because it puts a positive and informative spin on various homeless issues as well as providing economic opportunities for the needy in our communities.

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