Important Trends and Issues

Homeless Workers Face the Pandemic

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While millions of people work and shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, the plight of the working homeless — those who have no safe place to seek refuge — provides a stark contrast. to the new normal.

Living on the Streets of L.A.

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In November of 2018, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project sent me to Koreatown, Los Angeles to report and write about the homeless crisis in a neighborhood where there are more than 600 unhoused people living within a radius of only 2.7 miles.

Pregnant and shackled: why inmates are still giving birth cuffed and bound

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Despite a federal law that prohibits the shackling of expectant mothers in the United States, thousands of pregnant inmates remain at the mercy of guards who can choose exactly how to control their every movement – as well as the movement of their unborn children..

Trauma in Plain Sight

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Can untreated Post-Traumatic Syndrome be so detrimental that it renders a homeless person unable to escape homelessness? In this country, unacknowledged and misdiagnosed PTSD is rampant, say mental health experts. The results can be devastating.

Moms Back From Incarceration Are Fighting to Keep Their Children

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Formerly incarcerated mothers, many of whom have substance abuse disorders, are finding it difficult to gain and keep custody of their children upon reentry into the mainstream.

Amid the opioid crisis tearing through the country, this trend has reached a crisis point.

Many minorities avoid seeking credit due to generations of discrimination. Why that keeps them back

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Due to generations of discrimination, many minorities in this country avoid seeking credit. This story is about the repercussions of that trauma response.

Taken for a Ride: How Ambulance Debt Afflicts the Extreme Poor


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How ambulance debt, incurred during some of the most fragile points of people’s lives, can halt or even stop recovery.

How We Hate the Homeless


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There are scientifically researched reasons we fear the homeless. Here is an essay I wrote on the mental and physical constructs that we erect to keep us separate` from “them.”

To help the homeless, offer shelter that allows deep sleep.


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I am grateful to write about my experiences in ways that may open people’s minds to realities previously unconsidered.

Homeless women are the sexual assault survivors no one talks about. Here’s my story.


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photo by Preston Gannaway for The Washington Post

Past our pre-conceived notions, underneath our judgments, and far beyond all the stereotypes, are the realities of why people’s lives fall apart.

I have always been an outlier, meaning that I have never conformed to any of society’s tight-fitting molds. That held true in homelessness, too. So my story about my journey into and out of homelessness may surprise you.

If it does, then perhaps I will have accomplished my mission — to open your heart and mind to the possibility that you may not be so different than the person you recently saw sleeping on that park bench.

Personal Stories

Acts of Giving

HMM Daily

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My story of recovery was built on the support of a surprising succession of individuals, who extended themselves personally to give me what I most needed, when I most needed it.

Locked Up in Shame

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The United States locks up more people, per capita, than any other nation in the world.

Here is my story about the six months I spent in jail and how my incarceration impacted my ability to move forward once I got back “on the outside.”

In the Meantime


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These days, finding an affordable place to call home often means experiencing a twilight time in which we must wait and endure. It is a time in which we can build our strengths — or lose our footing completely. Here is my story, as well as the story of many others.

Oldies but Goodies

Author Katie Byron’s The Work shares 4 questions to help people navigate path to peace

Desert news

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On my last morning of homelessness, I uttered a prayer in which I admitted that my ideas about God were hurting me. Then I asked God to help me stop suffering.

Within a week, I received an accidental phone call from a woman who did not mean to call me. Curing our brief conversation, she told me that she held a self – inquiry group at her home in Salt Lake City.

Those weekly meetings helped me to question the origin of many of the painful beliefs that I was still carrying into my emergence. This article includes an interview with Byron Katie, the founder of the self-inquiry process called The Work.

The Skycatcher

Oprah’s “O” Magazine

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When I asked Melody Beattie if I could interview her, I was on a quest to interview some of the women I felt had found their power in this world. I am not talking solely about financial power. I wanted to interview women who felt at home in themselves, no matter what was going on around them.

Melody had endured a lot of loss, including the death of her young son. Still, she lived with great faith and purpose.

During our time together, Melody shared with me a deep lesson in self care — one I believe we would all do well to heed.