Life at the Oxford Street Shelter: ‘Will I get a bed tonight?’

After she makes 16 beds at the hotel where she works, Lori Godin boards a bus, waits in line at a Portland homeless shelter, and if she’s lucky, she will get to make one more.

Standing in the cold, Godin adjusted the straps of her backpack, the one that she’s lived out of for two months, and surveyed the crowd. It was approaching 7:30 on a recent weekday evening, and Godin was getting worried … 

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