Sunday, March 18, 2012

Homeless In The USA One Family's Story In Pictures

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Photographer Lucy Nicholson documented the plight of Benita Guzman, 40, and her niece Angelica Cervantes, 36, who are homeless with eleven children between them. They stick together in an effort to keep their children together as a family, and not taken away and separated in foster homes. Nicholson found the family after they had been staying on a campsite for three weeks. The family could no longer afford a rental van to ferry the kids to school so had to leave the camp find a cheap motel room for the night, so the children could walk to school. The family is part of a disturbing trend. One in 45 children, totalling 1.6 million, is homeless, the highest number in United States history, according to a 2011 study by the National Center on Family Homelessness. Children who are homeless are more likely to suffer from acute and chronic medical illnesses, finds the study. They go hungry at twice the rate of other children. They have three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems, such as anxiety, depression, sleep problems, withdrawal, and aggression. California is ranked the fifth highest state in the nation for its percentage of homeless children.
Angelica Cervantes packs up tents in the campground in Santa Paula
Benita Guzman and her niece eat breakfast in Port Hueneme.
Angelica Cervantes checks into a motel in Port Hueneme.
Benita Guzman takes her belongings into a motel in Port Hueneme.
Melinda Guzman, Tomas Cervantes and Preciosa Cervantes play in a motel room in Port Hueneme.
Preciosa Guzman tries to reach a box of snacks in a motel room in Port Hueneme.
Angelica Cervantes and her son Tomas Cervantes sit in a motel room in Port Hueneme.
Francisco Gona does his homework as his brother Tomas Cervantes lies in bed in a motel room in Port Hueneme.
Preciosa Guzman takes a shower in a motel room in Port Hueneme.
Melinda Guzman sits in the corner of in a motel room in Port Hueneme.
The Cervantes family in a motel room in Port Hueneme.

Angelica Cervantes llies on the bed in a motel room with her daughter in Port Hueneme.
Tomas Cervantes lies on a bed in a motel room in Port Hueneme.
Melinda Guzman lies in the corner of in a motel room in Port Hueneme.
Angelica Cervantes' children sleep in a motel room in Port Hueneme.
Benita Guzman drops her niece's children at school in Port Hueneme.
Melinda Guzman walks into her school in Port Hueneme.
Angelica Cervantes and her family watch television in a motel room in Port Hueneme.
Benita Guzman cries as she stands in a campground in Santa Paula.
Richard Guzman stands by the tents in Santa Paula.
Angelica Cervantes cleans up the campground in Santa Paula.
Angelica Cervantes holds her head as she stands in the campground in Santa Paula.
Richard Guzman lies on piles of clothes and blankets in Santa Paula.
Melinda Guzman and Alma Cervantes play in the campground in Santa Paula.
A child's picture of star constellations is seen on the ground of the campground in Santa Paula.
Angelica Cervantes sits in the campground in Santa Paula.
Angelica Cervantes sits in the campground in Santa Paula.
Benita Guzman puts possessions in a storage locker in Port Hueneme.
The feet of Benita Guzman are pictured as she eats breakfast after dropping her children at school in Port Hueneme.

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