“Michael” asked that his real name not be used. He obtained his shoes from the local detox centre.
What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis?
“Clothing! I’ve lost all my good clothes. I only have a few articles which are decent. I lost them over time when I was homeless. When I was couch-surfing, I’d often leave them behind at friend’s places.”
“I have an apartment now. But, the winter was difficult for me. I was homeless from the end of October until February.”
What would you like people to know about living in poverty?
“Many homeless people struggle with mental health issues. It can be a very low place living on the street. And, very hard to get out of, for sure. Once I started doing what I was doing on the streets, it was hard to interest me in stopping.”
“I was at Brentwood (Recovery Home). I was clean for a while, then I went back to the streets. I’m working on getting clean again now. I’m trying to get into an out-patient program at the detox.”
“Tell people to remember that when they’re in a rough spot, the thought that things will get better will help a great deal. That’s what’s keeping me going.”