How has homelessness touched your life?

Victoria Burton waits in line to get a bed for the night at Grace Resource Center's Lancaster Community Homeless Shelter on Tuesday afternoon, May 31, 2016. Burton, a U.S. Navy veteran, is originally from Australia. She has been homeless once before, for more than a year in Oklahoma.
Victoria Burton waits in line to get a bed for the night at Grace Resource Center's Lancaster Community Homeless Shelter on Tuesday afternoon, May 31, 2016. Burton, a U.S. Navy veteran, is originally from Australia. She has been homeless once before, for more than a year in Oklahoma.
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KPCC correspondent Rina Palta covers Southern California’s social safety net and is focusing much of her reporting on the issues facing those who are homeless and the efforts to help. As we look ahead to the new year, Palta would like to know the ways in which homelessness has touched your life – whether you’ve ever experienced it firsthand, have a loved one who has or if you’ve worked with, helped or observed homeless people in your community.
 
Please take a moment to share your insights. We’ll read every response, but nothing is published without your permission.