Shaunjanae knows what it means to experience homelessness. Since the age of 10, she has rarely lived in a place she could called “home.”
She and her mother were constantly on the move, living with family or friends, renting a room with another family, or staying at a homeless shelter. “It all took a big toll on me,” she recalls. Shaunjanae dropped out of high school her senior year after giving birth to her first daughter. When the father refused to have anything to do with his daughter, Shaunjanae was left to raise the child on her own. “I felt like a failure,” she says.