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    Facing homelessness

    Veronica Harnish lives in a battered station wagon — and not by choice. She offers tips for others who suddenly find themselves homeless
  • Roughly two years before I became homeless, I remember seeing evidence of people living in their cars in parking lots and garages. As I walked past, I tried to figure out what the drivers could do differently to prevent such obvious detection.
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      Steering committee
      The city of Ashland Homeless Steering Committee will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. For more information, visit www.ashland.or.us.
  • Roughly two years before I became homeless, I remember seeing evidence of people living in their cars in parking lots and garages. As I walked past, I tried to figure out what the drivers could do differently to prevent such obvious detection.
    It turned out I would need to know. Due to a job loss, lack of sufficient savings and an ultra-slow re-employment process, I ended up living in my vehicle in Ashland this past fall and winter.
    Car living is hardly a lifestyle choice, as many people incorrectly believe. It's a last-ditch effort to survive and stay off the streets.
    The most stressful thing about it is that it doesn't have a defined end. There are a million things that can go wrong and so few that can go right. It is a daily, draining existence of "How long is this going to go on for? Months? Years?" that gnaws at you until the situation resolves.
    It is much harder to climb out of the hole of homelessness than it is to fall in. And luck and help from others play a huge role.
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