Shane, 43, hasn’t had his own apartment since he was 18. He has been homeless since he was 16, and stayed in National Guard armories, camps, empty warehouses, shelters and sometimes hotels.
His early childhood was also unstable. His father died when he was a toddler and eventually this incident led to him staying in foster care for two years. The family was able to reunite when Shane was 6, but moved often. “It was a pretty rough upbringing,” he said.
Shane said he could always find work, but not an apartment because of the high rents. He has been a day laborer, a roofer, a tree trimmer and a concrete cutter. But hard work took a toll on his health. He has had surgery on his back and recently injured his knee. Two years ago, Shane was able to take night classes and received certification as a medical assistant. He wants to work in a hospital.
But first he needs housing. “To know that I can come home to my own place,” he said, and “not worry about where you’re going to be staying the next night.”
What keeps him going is his dream to have a home and a family.
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