Cori is a homeless single mom living in a Los Angeles 90-day emergency shelter with her daughter. Cori’s 90 days in up on 3/28 is just two days from now. Cori is disabled and cannot work. She received a little over $700 in disability income, but that is not enough to pay for rent and basic needs.
The 90-day rule is a stupid rule driven by government contracts. Who gets their life together in 90 days? While it’s frowned upon, family shelters can extend Cori’s stay, which is the best-case scenario. It’s shocking that the service provider has yet to find Cori housing or would even consider kicking this young mom outside, but I have seen it happen. No one should be homeless, especially young children.
Cori reached out to me and asked if I would interview her. Cori sent a link to this video Watching her story moved me, but meeting Cori and her daughter Cordelia was far beyond what I expected.
Cori was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 3. She has lived a tough life. At one point in this interview, I had to change the topic, or I would have cried; her story is so heartbreaking.
Cori’s an inspiration. She’s been in the homeless shelter system in multiple states, trying to find support. It’s mind-blowing that a young mother has to move from state to state to hopefully get the help she needs only to find a broken, homeless services system.
Cori is a talented artist and businesswoman, even against all the challenges that a homeless single mom faces daily. She started drawing on cardboard selling her art to tourists. Cory now steps up a little popup shop on the sidewalk to sell her art and some jewelry that was given to her.
Cori’s Cash App Cash App is $Cortifa20. She shares her art on Instagram here
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