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Shelly is homeless in Hollywood, but she refers to herself as a “canner that sleeps outside”. Shelly survives by recycling cans. She says it’s just a band-aid until the economy gets better. Thing is, Shelly has been doing this for far too long, and the longer someone is on the street, the harder it is to transition back into a normal life.

Shelly has done a lot of traveling looking for work. At the time of this interview, she was sleeping in an ally. Shelly uses cardboard to sleep on. She says Amazon must be doing really well because she finds so many boxes with the Amazon logo.

I have sat here for a bit looking at Shelly’s photo. I can’t image what she goes through on the streets of Los Angeles just to survive. Although she exudes a smile, that a small layer of happiness is covering years of pain.


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