The Faces of Homelessness
The best way to “see” the homeless is to view them as people. They don’t necessarily fit the mold created by Hollywood. Some could easily pass you on the street and not stand out as different from any other pedestrian. Others don’t want you to know they’re homeless for fear that they will be forced into solutions they don’t want.
Yet, when you make the attempt to see them as individuals you realize they each have their own story … why they lost their housing … how they are surviving without a home … what barriers need to be overcome for them to regain housing.
Allow us to introduce you to 15 local people who have been homeless at some point in their lives. Where they’ve been, where they’re going, and their outlook on life might surprise you.
SHKEIA is a single mom with three young children. She most recently missed out on a housing opportunity, through no fault of her own, and thanks Saint Vincent de Paul for quickly finding her a new place to live. “This is my instant family,” she says. “They care so much and really want the best for you.”
Photo essay courtesy of Lanny Nagler. © 2017 Lanny Nagler Photography.