Suddenly Homeless: A Kid’s Story

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A reported 1.6-million American kids were homeless at some point last year, and half are under the age of six. That’s roughly the number of people in Philadelphia.

Suddenly Homeless: Wasted Lives

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Charley James: It is a constant struggle to keep focused, to keep writing because it is my work, and to look for a sustainable way of getting back a bit of the life I lost.

“Our Disgrace”

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Charley James: One out of six Americans or 17% of us who think we live in the bread basket of the world don’t have enough to eat. More than 16 million of these people are children who go to bed hungry.

Gimme Shelter

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Charley James: I’ll never forget the eyes of the men with whom I’d be spending the night. The blank stares on some, the hollow look in others, those that were wary and weary, those that revealed fear bordering on terror, a few reflected hatred of who knows what.

Whispers of Life

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Charley James: When I became homeless and lost regular access to people I knew, I lost my connection to the whispers of life.

The Ultimate Indignity

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Charley James: Homeless people are too visible to ignore; we’re in even city, town, village and hamlet. We’re easily overlooked but there’s no way of claiming, “There’s no problem here.”

Losing My Prince

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Charley James: The only thing that’s possibly more devastating than finding yourself on the street is having to let a friend take care of a beloved pet because you are homeless.

Living Rough

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his business of moving from place to place every night is totally new to me. I was in my last home for six years, nine for the one before it and seven in a previous residence. By the standards of people who truly are living rough – sleeping in shelters, at bus stops and in […]

Waiting Forever

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Charley James: When you have a lot, getting a little is easy; when you have nothing, getting out takes a herculean toll: Physically, emotionally, psychologically, financially, spiritually.

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