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Letter: Homelessness train wreck

I recently witnessed the train wreck of a young couple becoming homeless. I say train wreck because their personal disaster occurred with the same kind of slow-motion inevitability. They went from being high-functioning recreational drug users to becoming out-of-control addicts.

After two months of not paying the rent, their landlord went to court to evict them, a process which took another three months. In the end, their landlord was out more than $6,000 in rent and legal fees, and the couple was out of their home.A truth not often discussed in our debate about homelessness is that individuals and communities grounded in Judeo-Christian values are less vulnerable to the personal tragedies leading to being unhoused.

— Olivia Nicole Ortiz

Anchorage

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