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JESSIE Well, as of now I’m currently homeless. I got evicted from my place. I’ve been homeless four months now. They’re trying to raise up the rent, trying to up the rent, so they found a way to evict me. They made up some stories that I owe this sum and owe that much money, but I went to court and fought it, but eventually I lost so… I was a caregiver before. I took care of my grandma, another patient I was taking care of through Home Support Services. Currently now, I have a job, thank God. I work at Walmart, so I keep, I hold on to that job, very grateful. It’s not easy, you know? I just got use to sleeping in the car. That’s very hard. This guy tried to rob my car one night and tried to steal my car, but luckily he didn’t pull out any weapon or anything like that. I usually park it at work. They let me park over there. This (MEND Poverty) is the only place I take showers or a friend’s house, sometimes. I have a girlfriend, she’s in Alabama. So, I’m trying to save up money and probably move back over there with her. I usually hang out at the library, read some books, you know. Sometimes I go out to the park, just keep in touch with nature, exercise, move around. Basically that’s what I do pretty much when I’m not working. I don’t even pay attention to society anymore, I mean, my focus in life is just to better myself, you know? I don’t really care about what other people think about me, I don’t really care about that, I’m just here to survive and try to better myself. That’s my priority right now. They should build more, make more, homeless shelter for families and stuff. They should make it safer because I’ve been hearing . . . about homeless shelters like how girls get raped and kids get kidnapped sometimes. I don’t know, that’s what I’ve been hearing. Last week I heard this girl got raped at a homeless shelter in Van Nuys or something like that. I don’t know. I just hope they make a good family shelter for you know, families, and make more homeless shelters. Instead of seeing all these people homeless, cause I’ve seen a lot of people out there in tents. A lot of homeless people, I’ve been noticing. I’ve never seen homelessness this much before. I want to become a nurse ‘cause I’ve been doing this for quite some time now. I’m planning to be like a registered nurse and work my way up and try to be a doctor, hopefully. That’s what I want to be.
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