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Carey Fuller is a homeless mother who lives out of a van in the Pacific Northwest with her two daughters, blogging about homeless life from a homeless mother’s point of view at careyfuller.com.

Entries by Carey Fuller

An Open Letter to Neel Kashkari

(27) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 4:04 PM



Dear Mr. Neel Kashkari,

As a real homeless person I find your little homeless man publicity stunt to be a slap in the face of real homeless people. For one thing, I don't know any homeless people who worked for Goldman Sachs nor do I know anyone who...

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The Inevitable Events in Homelessness

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 11:13 AM

Being homeless has opened my eyes to just how much non-homeless folks don't realize about homelessness, especially when they voice opinions that are out of touch with the day-to-day reality I, and others like me, live in. Here's a list of what you may not know:

1. Lack of help...

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A Woman's Homelessness Is Different

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 10:11 AM

Becoming an advocate for local homeless folks wasn't something I planned on becoming, it was just something I ended up doing after I had become homeless myself and before I could reach out to other folks, I had to learn how to be an advocate for myself. So while navigating...

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I Am Not a Myth

(9) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 1:37 PM

"Homeless people should be rounded up and put somewhere off the streets," said the woman I met in a local park while she was walking her dog. I asked her what made her think that homeless people aren't people like everyone else and where it was exactly they should be...

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Homeless Tours in Seattle -- There's a Sucker Born Every Minute

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Homeless tours in Seattle? Yes, there's a guy named Michael Momany conducting what he calls homeless tours in Seattle. When I first heard about him, I didn't want to demonize him because I wanted to see what his idea of homeless tourism is. However, after being on a

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What Our Reaction to Poverty Says About Us

(9) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 4:28 PM

The biggest observations about how people react to poverty came from watching how my relatives behaved once I told them I have been homeless for several years. Once I learned to expect other people's assumptions and judgmental attitudes, I began to see that this is a common reaction to poverty...

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It's Amazing What You Can See Once You've Lost Everything

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 4:24 PM

It's amazing what you can "see" once you've lost everything you had or thought you had. My personality and goals in life didn't change when I became homeless so why all of a sudden is it ok for others to treat me or people like me, differently? Our society has...

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Damned if You Do and Damned When You Can't

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 3:07 PM

I wonder if Obama really does read The Huffington Post. If so, I hope he sees this since I sincerely doubt I'll be getting an invitation to the White House anytime soon.

When you're poor, everything costs more and that old adage that education is the great equalizer is only...

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What It's Like to Tell People You're Homeless

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 4:03 PM

Homeless. To many that word might as well be a scarlet "H" stamped across your forehead once you end up in it but as I often tell people, it is an experience, not a personality trait. Yes, it's hard to tell people you're homeless but it's even harder to pretend...

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My Reflections as a Homeless Mother on Tavis Smiley and Cornel West's Poverty 2.0 Tour

(18) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 12:14 PM

Kudos to Tavis Smiley and Cornel West as they embark on their Poverty 2.0 tour but as a homeless mother, I'd like to know when they'll be in Seattle soon, or better yet, the city of Kent. Kent is where I landed after I lost my apartment in April of...

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Are You Sure You Really Want to Know?

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 2:46 PM

A friend of mine running for public office once asked me what he could do for folks like me and although I know he means well, I don't think he has any idea of what he's really asking. For one thing, we need living wage jobs and plenty of them!...

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An Unpleasant Merry-go-round

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 2:59 PM

I had the opportunity to take part in a panel discussion about poverty on HuffPost Live a few days ago and enjoyed it very much. Outside of some minor technical difficulties, I thought the segment went well and wished there was more time to talk about the realities of homelessness....

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When Desperate Times Turn Into Desperate People

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 1:57 PM

I run into situations all the time where a family or person in crises gets an ugly awakening when they find out they can't get immediate help to keep them from losing their housing and ending up homeless. They often end up taking a nosedive into depression, anger and eventually...

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Homeless Is Homeless

(8) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 3:19 PM

I find it sad that even among homeless people, there's this warped attitude that someone can be less homeless than anyone else who is not housed. The fact is, homeless is homeless no matter how you try to quantify it. No one person's experience will define everyone's homelessness so it's...

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Homelessness Is an Ignored Epidemic, Not an Invisible Problem

(8) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 2:16 PM

While working on one of my garden plots in Seattle this weekend, an old neighbor stopped to chat for a while and I was stunned to hear him regurgitate the same myths about homelessness I've heard over and over again. It was during this conversation however, that it occurred to...

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My Name Is Not Hopeless

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 12:15 PM

My name is not hopeless and neither is yours. Regardless of how you came into homelessness, you are still a human being. Keep sharing your experiences until the truth about homelessness becomes common knowledge -- because the way things are going, it might as well be. Let's face it. Homelessness...

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You're Not Getting It

(6) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 10:04 AM

This past week I have been helping a mother of newborn. Some people from Kent got involved but they are completely clueless about the reality of how homeless providers in King County work. They seem to forget that I've been dealing with this issue for over eight years now and...

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Homeless Mothers Need More Than Flowers

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 5:37 PM

If you've been watching my blogs on careyfuller.com or my tweets, you'd know that the homeless mothers I've been working with in the city of Kent need a lot more than flowers or a nice Sunday brunch. What they need is permanent housing and a support system that...

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Dear Obama Administration: Homelessness Is the New Common Experience

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 7:45 PM

Used to be when you got together with friends and family, you talked about everyday things, the way things used to be and the way you think things will turn out in the future. Now that the economy tanked, I hear a different kind of conversation and usually it's about...

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Serve the Community Instead of Trying to Fill Pews

(3) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 11:00 AM

I see a big problem with some churches in Kent that seem to be "competing" over how they help the homeless -- and little do they know that I've had some experiences with said churches when I first became homeless back in 2004. It's because of those experiences that I'm...

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