Issue: June 11, 2009

SN&R readers,A sudden job loss. A debilitating injury. A drug addiction. A death in the family. For many of Sacramento’s homeless, years of stability were torn down in a matter of weeks.SN&R and Capital Public Radio collaborated this week to bring attention to Sacramento’s homeless population, and the result is “Living Homeless,” a photo essay that, in the end, keeps coming back to one long, twisted thread: a tragically broken social support system for those in need.These stories cry out for a massive overhaul of our health-care, housing and drug-treatment programs, yes, but ultimately the truth is that unless you’ve been there, none of us know what homelessness is really like.These are stories from Sacramento’s streets.