Oakland Homeless Woman Shares About Living in a Tent City Encampment



Cynthia says she never planned on being homeless. No one does. Cynthia first went through a drug phase. She ended up homeless and started sleeping on the sidewalk, in abandoned cars, behind buildings, at bus stops, or anyplace she should find.

Cynthia has been homeless for nine years. She now lives in a homeless encampment in Oakland, California. We featured the tent city in a VR180 video you can watch here:

Cynthia feels safe in the homeless community. She receives $328 a month from government assistance. She supplements that by doing odd jobs and panhandling. The money Cynthia receives is barely enough to survive much less pay for an apartment.

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