Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Cambridge, MA.
How old are you?
52 years old.
How long have you been homeless?
How did you become homeless?
I was in a relationship where my partner was the primary bread winner, and I was a stay-at-home common law spouse. He was very abusive. After a while, the abuse got worse and worse until I finally left him. Domestic abuse is how I got here. Living outside, I found that a lot of women and teens are homeless in the Boston area because they were abused by men.
Now, I usually panhandle in Harvard Square. I’m also very passionate about Occupy Boston and the work that they do.
What is your biggest struggle being homeless?
Finding safety and shelter. I sleep outside because the shelters are nothing but stomping grounds for predators and theives. I get attacked in the shelter. My things get stolen in the shelters in Boston. So I’ve decided to stay outside.