Homeless but Hopeful
The children share their feelings.
"I get sad about living in the RV because sometimes when we go home, we don't have anywhere to rest our heads until we go to sleep," Kaylani says. "Sleeping in the RV with my mom and dad is really hard, because every morning I would get up and my legs hurt because I'm cramped together and there's not enough space for us."
Fifteen-year-old Leiana, says, "My grades last year were really bad. They were all Ds and Fs. There's, like, no electricity in the RV, so it's hard to do homework when you get home. It's hard to concentrate when everybody's trying to do everything at once in the RV." Her classmates have even made hurtful comments to her. "I got in a fight with my friend. I said something to her, and she's like, â€˜Shut up you homeless nomad,' and after that we stopped talking,'" she says.
Josh, the only son, says kids treat him badly too. "There's this kid that I used to know. He started running his mouth saying, â€˜You're homeless. You're just going to stay like that for the rest of your life,'" he says. "It was hard. I didn't know what to do or say about it. It made me feel like I wasn't there."
Keelee knows that her parents are trying hard. "Sometimes they ask us if they're bad parents. We always tell them, â€˜You do your best, and that you try very hard to get back on your feet and try to find jobs, and try to save up money to get a house,'" she says.
Kaylani also recognizes that her parents work hard to keep their children happy. "Because we don't have a lot of money, it's really hard for my mom and dad to keep us strong, because my mom and dad see families walking around and having good times, and we can't do that because we're mostly driving around in our RV and looking for somewhere to stay at night," she says, crying.