I found clothes that would make me look impoverished and bought shoes that were uncomfortably small. I made myself up to look unclean and greasy and carried my belongings in a bag. It had snowed the night before, so I intentionally underdressed.
Having worked with the staff at DHS for several years now, I know that they would like nothing more than to shelter these families during the summer. As constituents, we need to give them the means to do that by advocating for adequate levels of funding for homeless services each year.