May 5, 1991 |
"When you're middle class and a professional with no job or a place to stay, it can be harder than being poor," said Valerie N., recounting her ordeal as a homeless person. "One feels so helpless . . . and isolated." Eighteen months ago Valerie's world seemed on the verge of collapse. A bitter custody battle over her 7-year-old son, compounded by the pressures of a full-time job and long-term care of an ill parent, left her physically and emotionally exhausted.