plus people are suffering from homelessness in Portland.
or more are estimated to be living "doubled-up," just one small step from homelessness.
place in the country for providing emergency shelter and care.
The roots of homelessness go deeper than just economics. Most of the hundreds of people we serve every day have deep emotional wounds and inadequate life skills, often due to very difficult upbringing or severe trauma. Despair and the absence of any positive relationships are normal.
I was dying in a cheap motel room absolutely filled with fear, without a friend in the world.
I ate ants, whatever I could find crawling on the ground. I felt shameful and hopeless.
While there are many paths that lead to homelessness, loss of community and despair are common to them all.
Once you’re on the street, people look at you differently. I wasn’t a professional anymore. I’m not anyone’s friend. I’m nothing-Don
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