In the course of reporting my previous story on the gap between wages and the cost of housing, I spent time following a case manager with the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless.
During that time, I met several people who shared their stories of how they struggled to find housing and how the coalition has helped them.
Every person who is homeless has their own story. But the two below are examples of common reasons for homelessness -- living on a fixed income and finding housing after being released from prison.
Donna: Living on Disability