The Surprising Truth About Magic Valley’s Homeless Population | Idaho | Time-News Magic Valley
Homelessness doesn’t always happen to whom you think it might.
“I’ve worked all my life and I’ve never been on unemployment,” said Sam Neyhart, a homeless father of two. “I’m not lazy.”
Yet after a series of medical problems and a messy divorce, Neyhart has not had a steady residence for more than a year. In the spring, he and his family were forced to sleep in his car for a week. Finally, Neyhart moved his family into Valley House, a shelter in Twin Falls.
“I was apprehensive to go to a homeless shelter,” he said. “I thought it was going to be dangerous, but I had to go somewhere.”
Homeless testimonies like these challenge the stereotypes that all who are without a home are either there by choice or are lazy, said Leann Trappen, community services director for South Central Community Action Partnership. SCCAP is a nonprofit low-income assistance organization in Twin Falls.