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Without Identification, People Can't get off the Streets

08/15/2010 01:05 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Imagine you are homeless and your backpack gets stolen with all of your identification. Try getting a job without ID. Or opening a bank account, cashing a check, traveling, renting a hotel room, even renting a video. Without an ID, life stops!

Now let's add bureaucracy. Every state has different laws and regulations! Replacing a lost ID can be one of the biggest road blocks to getting a homeless person off the streets.

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Thanks to Jacqueline Dowd at least people in Central Florida have a solution. Jackie started Idignity to help people get past this hurdle. In all my travels, this is the only ID clinic I know of and we need more.

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