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I have said it a thousand times: It can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. 

We see it every day: the homeless on the street, the homeless living in tented communities, the homeless living under bridges, sleeping over warm grates and in seats on the buses. The homeless sleeping in trains, occupying vacated buildings, and subsisting in the back seats of junkyard cars. 

I hear the media talk of bad weather and people “living” in schools set up as emergency shelters. They are not living; they are existing. I read about foreign cities, where people are shot at, gassed, bombed, invaded, imprisoned, and tortured. Millions of Kurds, pawns in the power politics of a half dozen or so countries, are now homeless or will be homeless by the strokes of a pen. Do any lives matter? If so, let’s end homelessness everywhere! 


Angie Whitehurst is an artist and vendor with Street Sense Media.