The individual stories of people experiencing homelessness are nearly impossible to tell with truth not trope—though each one is compelling and worthy.
Ultimately, they come to us because they can’t pay the rent.
Some inherit their poverty, and are more vulnerable to the blows that life can deal—discrimination, abuse, trauma, job-loss, age, illness, injury, grief, or their own mistakes.
Some are pregnant, have physical or cognitive disabilities, are terminally-ill, blind, deaf or hard of hearing, or suffer debilitating diseases like Parkinson’s or dementia.
Some use drugs and alcohol, and/or struggle with mental health issues—conditions which often develop or worsen following their homelessness, rather than being the sole cause of it.
Some have families who desperately worry for them. Some have no one—or no one who can support them.