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I survived homelessness and am now graduating to a better life (Boston Globe)

Below is an excerpt from an opinion piece penned by Massachusetts Law Reform Insitute Client Board Member Timothy Scalona. In his writing, Timothy provides insight into homelessness, poverty, and advocacy as a victim of homelessness. The opinion was published on May 18.


At just 14 years old, I heard a knock at my home’s front door. Deep in the throes of a video game, I paid the sound no mind until I heard screaming, arguing, and the frantic shuffling of cardboard boxes as movers packed up much of our belongings after the sheriff served us an eviction notice.

Before that day, I had no idea that a knock could throw my family of nine into homelessness. That it could rob us of the contents of our home that we couldn’t take with us, rip us from our community, and land us in hotels, motels, and on the street.

In the years that followed, the word home completely disappeared from my vocabulary. Even as I dove into my textbooks, yearning for escape, I worried that I had no future. The challenges of homelessness were too great.

This month, however, I will graduate from law school. But I will have with me more than just a cap, gown, and a diploma: I will be carrying the memory of homelessness, poverty, and of the people I left behind.

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