Jenny (
Tue, 24 Nov 1998 22:34:59 -0800 (PST)

Hi - I am new also, was homeless in 1986 when Expo came to our area (B.C.) -
I lived in an rv trailer in an RV park and many of us were evicted so the
sites could be rented out to tourists for high $.  I put my trailer in
storage and with the rest of my rent money bought a $99 bus ticket to
Toronto, Ontario as I used to live there and thought people would help me.
I stayed at different friends for 1 or 2 nights but no one wanted me there
for long as they worked and I had a 9 month old baby with me who cried
sometimes.  I ended up in a shelter (Robertson House) which was really a
horrible experience - the staff were sarcastic and ridiculed the residents
and the food was terrible.  I borrowed money from a friend and went out to
Calgary Alberta where I slept in a van in a friend's yard.  

I am now a single mother of 2 girls and have 2 union jobs now but have had a
hard time of it financially for most of the 13 yrs. I have been a single
parent. Seems no matter what we do there is never enough $ to pay all the bills.