March 21, 2016 by poverty2professional
Teenagers are recommended 9+ hours of sleep a night. But I was a homeless teenager. 9 hours doesn’t happen.
March 7, 2016 by poverty2professional
I was fortunate to have been in my teens while homeless. Being female, however, is another challenge.
February 22, 2016 by poverty2professional
“This is like being in prison, but you haven’t done anything wrong.”
February 17, 2016 by poverty2professional
It didn’t take long to come up with a euphemism for our new place of residence. We called our shelter the Pound.
February 9, 2016 by poverty2professional
What could be worse than having one social stigma wrapped up with another? I’m talking about mental health and homelessness.
February 1, 2016 by poverty2professional
The day I turned 17, I got the weirdest birthday gift of my life: my father and I were admitted to a family shelter. I wondered if this is what it felt like to be admitted to college.
January 25, 2016 by poverty2professional
Last week’s post focused on more social and psychological skills related to slogging out of homelessness. Here are the concrete, hold-it-in-your-hands things you’re going to need to actually get out.
December 22, 2015 by poverty2professional
I double-clutched posting this so close to Christmas given the general weightiness of the blog. Then one of my friends observed, “It’s not like you stopped being homeless for Christmas.”
December 8, 2015 by poverty2professional
In the Los Angeles late autumn and winter, temperatures plummet. Cold winter shelters are a desperately needed resource.