Chris is living on the streets of Austin, Texas. Chris says he lived in over 35 boarding homes. I asked Chris what the difference is between foster homes and boarding homes. He said a foster home is more like a true family, and a boarding home is just a place to stay.
It’s not uncommon to meet homeless youth that has been placed in a high number of foster homes or boarding homes. How can any child grow up normal when they are being tossed around the system like that?!!
Chris says there are a lot of jobs and opportunities for people experiencing homelessness. Often people on the streets do not see homelessness as it really is. It’s a defense mechanism helping to reduce some of the pain of being homeless.
Chris’s third wish: “get a family who will love me”!
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