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In the summer of 1997, I met Sarah and Jessica Anderson in a very small parking lot serving eight units of transitional housing in Southern Indiana. Sarah was 33 going on 34, had lost all of her teeth, and had been employed for over a year at a local dry cleaner. Jessica, her 14-year-old daughter, was four months pregnant and already starting to show. I met them because of an argument not that dissimilar from any argument a parent might have with a teenager, though the stakes were significantly higher. Sarah and Jessica had been previously living in a homeless shelter for close to a year and the transitional housing was a significant step up in their lives. If the argument continued to escalate and if the police were called, each might lose the stability for which they had been working so hard.

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