Invisible Homeless In The Suburbs

You don’t see them standing on corners rattling cups for change. You don’t see them holding up cardboard “Will Work for Food” signs at busy intersections or playing musical instruments on O’Hare walkways.

They are the thousands of homeless families in the suburbs that shuffle from couch to couch at the homes of friends and relatives, or sleep in cars, shelters, businesses and rundown motels.

They are people like Angela and David Johnson, and their two children – Riley, 7, and Deagan, 5 – a suburban family that, like thousands of others, started off with a bright future but through either bad decisions or circumstances ended up scratching and clawing for day-to-day existence in the cold shadows of homelessness.