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Cynthia says she never planned on being homeless. No one does. Cynthia first went through a drug phase. She ended up homeless and started sleeping on the sidewalk, in abandoned cars, behind buildings, at bus stops, or anyplace she should find.

Cynthia has been homeless for nine years. She now lives in a homeless encampment in Oakland, California. We featured the tent city in a VR180 video you can watch here.

Cynthia feels safe in the homeless community. She receives $328 a month from government assistance. She supplements that by doing odd jobs and panhandling. The money Cynthia receives is barely enough to survive much less pay for an apartment.

Your voice can help end homelessness. If we do not fix the affordable housing crisis, homelessness will continue to get worse. Click here to tweet, email, call, or Facebook your federal and state legislators to tell them ending homelessness and creating more affordable housing is a priority to you.

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