Stephanie Land

I Went from Being Homeless to a Full-Time Writer: Trump Wants to End the Programs That Got Me Here

Six years ago, I lived with my then 3-year-old daughter, Mia, in a studio apartment. During the day I worked full-time as a maid, cleaning the houses of wealthy people. At night, I stayed up completing coursework for online college classes.

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Free-Range Parenting Is A Privilege For The White And Affluent

At first glance, my 9-year-old daughter doesn’t look “poor.” She meticulously chooses her outfits for school, often sleeping in them—even the shoes. She models in front of the hallway mirror and insists I wash clothing that has been worn for only a few hours. But I’ve bought most of her clothes at Walmart, along with a few nicer dresses I’ve gotten when I had some extra money. I wonder how first impressions of her will change as she gets older. For now, she’s just another kid, playing outside.

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What Happens When You Can’t Afford Self-Care

For the last year, I have been keenly aware of my dire need for two things: therapy and exercise.

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Donald Trump Is a Fraud: I Am a Member of the White Working Class, and We Must Not Fall for His Lies

I get it. As members of the middle- to lower-class, as people living in poverty, we are angry. We are angry and we are looking for someone to blame. We are looking for someone to lead. Because living on the brink of losing everything from one slip-and-fall, one major illness or even one broken-down car is a scary place. I’ve been there for many years. It’s hard, living in that fear.

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The New Right-Wing War on Food Stamps

This story was supported by the journalism nonprofit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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Facebook Highlighted My Friend's Real Feelings About Food Stamp Users Like Me

Every time I shop for my groceries I run the risk of shame and panic. I navigate the aisles, looking for those discount tags hanging under apples or grapes. I add up the prices of pineapples, tomatoes, avocados. Yams. Squash. Kale. I long for a refrigerator full of these things. 

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I Lived on $6 a Day With a 6-Year-Old and a Baby On the Way. It Was Extreme Poverty

It didn’t take me long to go from financial stability to fearing homelessness. In January 2014 I was 35-years-old, raising a six-year-old nearly full-time and six months pregnant without a partner. I was in my final semester of college and convinced I would have enough savings to get me through the summer after graduation with a newborn. By March, that security was shattered and I thought I could be homeless by July. 

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'Please Don't Feed the Animals' - The Disturbing Rise of Anti-Poor Web Cruelty

Every time I shop for my groceries I run the risk of shame and panic. I navigate the aisles, looking for those discount tags hanging under apples or grapes. I add up the prices of pineapples, tomatoes, avocados. Yams. Squash. Kale. I long for a refrigerator full of these things. 

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