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Post by Guest Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:39 am

Every night around nine, Janis Adkins falls asleep in the back of her Toyota Sienna van in a church parking lot at the edge of Santa Barbara, California. On the van's roof is a black Yakima SpaceBooster, full of previous-life belongings like a snorkel and fins and camping gear. Adkins, who is 56 years old, parks the van at the lot's remotest corner, aligning its side with a row of dense, shading avocado trees. The trees provide privacy, but they are also useful because she can pick their fallen fruit, and she doesn't always- have enough to eat. Despite a continuous, two-year job search, she remains without dependable work. She says she doesn't need to eat much – if she gets a decent hot meal in the morning, she can get by for the rest of the day on a piece of fruit or bulk-purchased almonds – but food stamps supply only a fraction of her nutritional needs, so foraging opportunities are welcome.

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Post by need_a_break Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:29 am

She probably did nothing wrong except being middle class. I hope that she will get not only help but a job that can put her in safe, affortable, permanent housing. There seems to no little help for women with no kids.

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Post by Guest Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:21 pm

This is a perfect example of how we have been totally abandoned. Then five months or so from now, when all UC is cut off, millions will be in the same boat and everyone will be in shock.

We do have the power to do something about this.

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Post by Springflowers Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:42 pm

need_a_break wrote:She probably did nothing wrong except being middle class. I hope that she will get not only help but a job that can put her in safe, affortable, permanent housing. There seems to no little help for women with no kids.

Unless you have kids, there is very little help out there. There really is no safety net except for the kids and disabled. Course they are probably working on removing that too.


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