Shelter Wanted: Homeless San Antonians share their experiences

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Lyndsay Haes, 33 - Josh Huskin
Josh Huskin
Lyndsay Haes, 33

Lyndsay Haes, 33

[Photos: Shelter Wanted: Portraits of San Antonio’s Homeless]

Haes' mother kicked her out of the house when she was 13. Her mother suffered from a debilitating heart condition, she remembers – so she had to fend for herself. "I don't resent her, she had a reason she did what she did," Haes says. "When you're a child, it's hard to understand what's going on. You're used to being sheltered."

Haes, who sleeps under a downtown highway overpass with her husband Jimmy, has health problems of her own. She suffers from epilepsy – her frequent seizures keep her from working.

"I can be walking around, talking to my husband, and the next thing I know I'm sitting on the ground with five people looking at me." When she's not at Church Under the Bridge or another shelter, she's at the Central Library doing jigsaw puzzles online.

"It keeps my mind active," she said. "If I do that, I won't have any seizures."

Haes is also four months' pregnant and had two strokes last month. She and her husband are trying to save enough money to eventually make it to California, where he has a job lined up. "We're trying to figure out what we're going to do and save money at the same time," she said. "My medications take priority."

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