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“If you saw me walking down the street, you wouldn’t assume I live in a parking lot,” Brianna Karp blogs. “In short, I am just like you, except without the convenience of a permanent address.”
Brianna is 24 years old and homeless. She was laid off from her $50,000-a-year job last summer, trying to hang on by working temp jobs and living off unemployment benefits. But, early this year, she had no money left. She’s estranged from her mother. The father she barely knew committed suicide. All he left her was an RV she was planning on selling until she needed it to live in. She moved into a Walmart parking lot and started blogging about her experience.
Again, she’s homeless but, “not hopeless.” With moxy and nothing to lose, she contacted famed Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll and scored an internship with an honest e-mail that was signed, “homeless but not hopeless.” With her newly-found profile online she hopes to help the thousands of other smart young people who are living like her.
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