A collection of photographs and thoughts by homeless individuals in Portland, this book was organized by Transition Projects, a social service agency that helps people make the transition from homelessness to housing. The agency provided cameras to residents of their shelters and asked them to take photographs and share memories of where they slept before coming to the shelter. "Where I Slept" also commemorates the 40th anniversary of Transition Projects.
"There's a starkness - a sense of dehumanization and otherworldliness - captured by these photographs that expresses the alienation that the chronically homeless feel on a daily basis," said Ted Wheeler, Multnomah County Chair. "The most basic thing we can do to help the homeless is to reach out to them and acknowledge them as fellow human beings. The worst thing we can do is pretend that they don't exist."
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