A man is sleeping on a dirty slab of cardboard on the sidewalk. He has a bulky coat wrapped around him but holes in his jeans. He is wearing tattered tennis shoes with holes in the bottoms and sides, but no socks.
A young woman bathes and dresses in the gym shower before heading to work and no one knows that she has been sleeping in her car for the last 3 months.
An elderly man is starting next to a freeway off-ramp holding up a side that reads “Homeless Veteran. Anything helps. God Bless.” He paces back on forth along the center median looking for anyone to notice him and provide help.
A woman with two small children walk the streets waiting for the time that the shelter opens and they can get a bed and a meal for the night. She has been looking for work since escaping from an abusive relationship but does not have any childcare during the day.
As you can tell from the above examples, no two people are the same and this is especially true for those facing homelessness. Some people are battling addiction or mental illness. Some have been the victims of abuse or sudden financial hardships. Some sleep on the streets or under bridges, some sleep in cars or shelters, and some are able to stay in motels. Many are veterans, many are employed, and many are children or teens.
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