This is the story of Cindy and her adopted son PJ, who are recently, and temporarily homeless due to the cost of keeping PJ healthy after he came of age and his child care costs rose. They represent a different type of struggle, but a love that holds together through the best and worst days.
Cindy adopted PJ, now 27, 20 years ago. She lost her job as a teacher at a special-ed school after the school disbanded. The cost of caring for PJ kept growing, especially after he turned 18 when his health care rose.
After a few bad months, her own health issues, and mounting past debts, Cindy and PJ decided they needed help and enrolled in a program at The Mission in Denver. The Mission is a modified hotel where different levels of financial trouble are addressed through a live in program. They supply housing, food and work through a program to get back on their feet. Cindy and PJ share a one-bedroom hotel room, and are almost back on their feet.
In Denver, only 8.3% of the 11,167 people who identified as homeless in the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative’s 2013 Point-In-Time survey were actually on the street. This means that 91.7% or 10,240 respondents were moving between friends’ houses, sleeping in hotels, their cars or shelters.