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I know it’s weird, but for me 2020 has been the best year of my life. As someone who has been struggling in and out of the streets, from shelter to shelter, I finally managed to get housing through the D.C. Housing Authority. 

I got just so much in 2020 that I can’t wait to get into 2021 with a bang. That said, it’s really sad to see what’s going on in the world now: COVID-19, presidential election drama, and the civil unrest via protests nationwide, even worldwide. 

I am glad to say I was blessed to get what I did when I did. Unfortunately, there are some people out there who have suffered and experienced brutal trauma and force last year. These might be your neighbors, family members, friends or anyone you might have passed by on the street. 

There are many people who have struggled to put food on their tables. Then you have those who, because of all they went through even before 2020, seem to have been born to suffer. 

That’s the group that has been devastated and almost broken to pieces lately. It includes homeless people, low-income communities, and anyone else living in poverty. Many of them already depended on food banks to survive, like so many more do now. It’s sad when you see the evening news saying that the food banks are running out of food. In September, the national food bank network Feeding America estimated it would be 6 – 8 million meals short by the same time in 2021. It makes you wonder what’s the next step for all these people. 

Life might not be the same for everyone after 2020, but there are signs of hope, of better things to come. The biggest problem about 2020 is that poor people’s plights have been forgotten due to everything going on at the moment. They now blend in with the masses.

Many people are still waiting for public resources like housing, medical care, etc. But all that has been put aside to resource other services like care for those with COVID-19 and police to fight protesters, while putting other services on hold.