A photo of Canaan Baptist Church
Gwynette Smith

The church can be a barrier to overcoming homelessness because the person going through it may believe that it is the will of God that they suffer. Or they may believe that the church will solve the dilemma and not be proactive enough.

A photo of turnstiles in the D.C metro.

The cost of transportation can stand between a homeless person and doctor’s appointments, job interviews, classes, showers — virtually any service. Especially, if the person is elderly or physically disabled. It is difficult to advance yourself when you may need to choose between mobility and food, prescriptions or other necessities.